The investiture ceremony for Fresno State’s ninth president, Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, on Sept. 9 wove together iconic threads representing the Valley’s history and elements of his personal and professional trajectory during his time in this fertile land.
And throughout, President Jiménez-Sandoval, who also serves on the CVHEC Board of Directors made up 30 valley college CEOs, emphasized that “every thread matters” when it comes to advancing student success, promoting the University and solving tough challenges.
Hundreds gathered in the Save Mart Center for the formal ceremony that conferred upon President Jiménez-Sandoval, an immigrant from Mexico who grew up in the Central Valley community of Fowler a few miles south of Fresno, the authority and symbols of the highest University office by California State University interim Chancellor Jolene Koester.
Fellow CVHEC Board member, Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, president of CSU Bakersfield, returned to Fresno State where she once served as provost to deliver the investiture keynote address.
In addition to President Zelezny, other CVHEC board members in attendance were
- Dr. Ellen Junn, President – California State University, Stanislaus
- Dr. Andre Stephens, President – Fresno Pacific University
- Dr. Lori Bennett, President – Clovis Community College
- Dr. Jerry Buckley, President – Reedley Community College
CSU Board of Trustees appoint Jiménez-Sandoval the ninth Fresno State president May 19, 2021.
President Jiménez-Sandoval profile (The Fresno State Collegian – Sept. 8, 2022).