SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The future remains bright for San Diego State University in the long term, despite immediate and "horrid" financial woes, the school's new president said Tuesday.
Elliot Hirshman, 50, spoke to reporters following a tour of the BioSciences Center on campus in his first day as the successor to Stephen Weber.
His first challenge will be to help SDSU make do with less in light of a $650 million reduction in California State University system funding. Weber said it's going to be very difficult to deal with "a horrid, horrid cut" in funding, and his top priority is to understand the impact and work within SDSU's governance system to find solutions.
"I do want to distinguish between the short term and the long term," Hirshman said. "Short term, it's the issue of the moment. Longer term, the prospects of the university are bright."
The school's eighth president said that despite the fiscal crisis, SDSU has to maintain access to students of different backgrounds and continue to offer financial aid for the neediest pupils.
California's fiscal problems didn't scare him off because lower tax revenues are forcing states across the country to reduce funding for higher education, he said.
Hirshman was provost and senior vice president at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County when he beat out two other finalists for the job in May.
Before that, he was chief research officer and chairman of the Psychology Department at George Washington University; Psychology Department chairman at the University of Colorado-Denver; special assistant to the provost at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; and the American Council on Education Fellow in the Office of the Provost and President at Arizona State University.
Hirshman said his first couple of months are "highly scheduled" as he gets acquainted with the SDSU community and area civic leaders.
Weber, who retired on June 16, moved with his wife, Susan, to the family home in Hancock Point, Maine, after 15 years at SDSU's helm.
An immigrant who once bundled ink-fresh newspapers at a newspaper printing press took control of the San Diego Union-Tribune Sunday, and promised in a letter to readers to fight fake news as if it were cancer.
President Trump's zero-tolerance policy on immigration continues to spark outrage. Specifically, there's growing concern over officials separating children from their parents at the border.
Sunday marked day four of action at the World Cup; and it featured a huge upset that had hundreds of people dancing in the South Bay streets. Mexico took down the defending world champions Germany and local fans had a great time celebrating.
Chula Vista Police on Sunday were trying to determine how a man's body ended up in the middle of the street. Someone first spotted him early in the morning in the westbound lanes of Buena Vista Way near Rancho Del Rey Parkway.
The Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards were held Saturday night near Palm Springs and we're proud to share that several members of the News 8 team were honored.
A 21-year-old woman was found dead in her bedroom Saturday night and San Diego Police suspect foul play. The victim's family made the discovery just after 5 p.m. at their home in the 3600 block of 45th street in City Heights.
Weekend temperatures dropped nearly 10 degrees in most areas around the county, compared to a few days ago. Slight warming is expected early next week as upper low pressure weakens.
Del Mar is the only city in North County that allows off-leash dogs on the beach, but yearly seasonal changes to that rule have just taken effect.