Rosser honored as influential woman in business

University Provost Sue Rosser was named one of 2011's Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times, the paper announced on April 29.

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Rosser is known nationally as a leader in science and science education. She has pioneered opportunities for women and underrepresented minority groups in science and engineering, and has been an advocate for interdisciplinary approaches to scholarly research.  She is a member of the board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Rosser came to SF State in August 2009 from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was the institution's first female academic dean. Under her leadership, SF State has successfully addressed several challenges, including a decline in state budget support. She has played a strong leadership role in the recent college reorganization process, and led the campus' recent accreditation review by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. As co-chair of the campus Sustainability Committee, she has helped establish SF State as a leader in meeting goals to curb climate change.

She was instrumental in securing the second-largest private individual gift in SF State's history, a $5 million dollar donation from alumna and Professor Emerita Kay Takeyama Dilena, which will establish the Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture.

At Georgia Tech, Rosser served as the dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, and held additional titles of professor of public policy, adjunct professor of biology and professor of history, technology and society, reflecting her broad range of academic interests and achievements.

Before Georgia Tech, she led women's studies programs at the University of Florida, the nine-campus University of South Carolina system and Mary Baldwin College (Va.), Rosser serves on the editorial board of several journals and has written 12 books and approximately 120 journal articles on the theoretical and applied problems of science and technology.

-- University Communications