Elliot Hirshman

President of San Diego State University

Dr. Elliot Hirshman is president of San Diego State University – a major public research university where 35,000 students pursue research and learning under the guidance of internationally recognized mentors in innovative on-campus labs and entrepreneurship centers.

SDSU ranks in the top 25 for students studying abroad, entrepreneurship and diversity, and it is a top producer of Fulbright awardees. Under Dr. Hirshman’s leadership, SDSU created a new strategic plan and has raised more than $520 million for student, faculty and program support in its first comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Dr. Hirshman, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, was appointed SDSU president in 2011. Previously, he served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He also had been chief research officer at the George Washington University and chaired the Departments of Psychology there and at the University of Colorado at Denver. He earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics and mathematics from Yale and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from UCLA.

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