SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Stephen Perez has been appointed interim president of San Jose State University, California State University officials said Monday.

Perez, currently vice president of academic affairs and professor of economics at Sacramento State, will take over as president at the San Jose campus on Jan. 3.

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Current San Jose State president Mary Papazian will step down on Dec. 21. Papazian announced in October that she would resign at the end of the fall semester, following criticism of her handling of a sexual abuse case that resulted in a recent $1.6 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to victims.

San Jose state senior vice president for academic affairs Vincent J. Del Casino Jr. will oversee the campus during the transition period.

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San Jose State University interim president Stephen Perez. (SJSU)

San Jose State University interim president Stephen Perez. (SJSU)

“Dr. Perez is a bold leader with a long-standing commitment to improving student achievement demonstrated through his many years of service at Sacramento State,” California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro said in a news release on Monday.

Perez’s appointment will last a year. Cal state trustees will soon begin a nationwide search for a permanent president to lead San Jose State.

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