Jason Porth named Vice President of University Enterprises at SF State

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 15, 2017 – San Francisco State University has announced that Jason Porth has been named vice president for University Enterprises, a newly formed division focused on creating the spaces and opportunities that support the university’s mission.

The division includes capital planning, design and construction services; real estate development and property management; and University Corporation, a not-for-profit public benefit corporation, which oversees commercial operations, administers certain educational grants and contracts for the University, and oversees the fiscal administration for numerous University programs.

Jason Porth

“In today’s higher education landscape, unique delivery strategies will be required to support a robust capital planning program,” said San Francisco State University President Les Wong. “Jason has been a vital member of the strategic leadership team since he arrived on campus. He possesses a comprehensive knowledge of the University and the entrepreneurial acumen needed to work creatively and collaboratively to support the community’s needs as well as the University’s academic mission and strategic goals.”

Porth began working at San Francisco State in 2006 as the associate director for community relations in the Office of Government Relations. In that role, he served as the University’s liaison with local elected officials and city government, as well as with neighborhood groups and community-based organizations.  He has held a number of leadership positions on campus starting in 2009, when he joined the Office of the President serving on the President’s Cabinet as deputy chief of staff and then as chief of operations. He began to serve as executive director of U Corp in 2014 and continues to serve in that role.  

“We have an extraordinary opportunity at SF State to provide our students, faculty and staff with the resources and great spaces they deserve for successful learning and teaching, for research and scholarship, and for personal growth and community building. It’s a great joy to pursue this opportunity along with a committed and talented team and I look forward to continuing this work in a new capacity," said Porth.

Prior to his service at SF State, Porth practiced law as a civil rights attorney, representing plaintiffs primarily in employment matters. He received a B.A. from Brandeis University and a J.D. from Northeastern University. He is a member of the State Bar of California.


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