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San Francisco State University has selected Lynn Mahoney to serve as its next President.

Mahoney becomes the 14th president of SFSU and the first woman appointed to serve in the role in a permanent capacity. She will join the campus in her new capacity in August. She currently serves as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs for California State University, Los Angeles.

As the chief academic officer at Cal State LA, Mahoney’s portfolio of responsibilities includes oversight of all eight of the campus’ colleges as well as the library and all academic support units.

From 2008 through early 2015, Mahoney held various roles at California State University, Long Beach including associate vice president for undergraduate studies and interim vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies where she oversaw enrollment planning and institutional research among other areas. Her other professional experience in higher education includes leadership positions at Purchase College, State University of New York, where she was associate provost for integrative learning and vice president for students as well as a member of the faculty.

Mahoney earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University.

Regan Gough led this search with David Bellshaw and Brett Barbour.


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