Stephen L. Weber is the seventh president of San Diego State University. Educated as a philosopher, President Weber assumed his administrative responsibilities at SDSU in July 1996. Among many academic and operational achievements under President Weber’s leadership, SDSU created The Campanile Foundation, the university fundraising auxiliary. Since The Campanile Foundation was established in 1999, SDSU has raised approximately $583 million, 300 percent more than in the previous 103-year history of the university. More recently, SDSU has established itself as one of the nation’s most military-friendly universities. With more than 1,000 veteran, active-duty and dependent students on campus, the university opened the CSU’s first Veterans Center in 2008 and has since opened the nation’s only Veterans House to provide veterans with on-campus housing. The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs recognized SDSU’s commitment to veterans when it opened a VA office on campus, only the second in the nation and the first in California to be located on a university campus.
Leading by example, President Weber is the past chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Board of Directors, and co-chaired Partners for K-12 School Reform. He currently serves on the board of governors of the Peres Center for Peace, BIOCOM, and the board of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, in addition to being an active member of the Community Advisory Council for SDG&E. He is a member of the San Diego Rotary Club, an honorary director of the Japanese Society of San Diego and Tijuana, and an honorary advisor to the Asia Desk of the San Diego World Trade Center. Additionally, President Weber has served on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and the NCAA Executive Committee. President Weber has also been awarded and recognized for his many professional and community accomplishments. To name but a few of his prestigious awards, he is the recipient of the San Diego Mediation Center’s Peacemaker’s Award, the San Diego Education Association’s Executive Director’s Award, and the recipient of the Gold Key Award from the San Diego Hospitality Association. In 2008 President Weber received the Diogenes Award from the Public Relations Society of America recognizing his forthrightness and honesty.
Born in Boston, President Weber is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a B.A. in philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1969 and is the author of numerous articles on philosophy and higher education. President Weber’s many awards include an honorary degree from Beijing Capital Normal University and distinguished alumnus at his alma mater, Bowling Green State University. President Weber is married to Susan Keim Weber, who shares his enthusiastic commitment to SDSU. They have two adult sons.