April 16, 2024
Dr. Stephen L. Weber. Courtesy SDSU

Dr. Stephen L. Weber, former president San Diego State College from 1996 via 2011, has died, SDSU President Adela de la Torre stated Monday.

In keeping with de la Torre’s workplace, Weber — who was recognized with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in October 2021 — died Sunday at his house in New Jersey, on his 82nd birthday.

“This can be a devastating loss, as Weber was beloved and extremely regarded by many at SDSU, in our area people and throughout the nation,” de la Torre stated in an announcement.

“Our group has been extremely lucky to proceed to benefit from the knowledge and contributions of Weber who, as president emeritus, remained a devoted advocate for SDSU and the success of our school, workers and college students. I ship my deepest condolences to the Weber household and to all those that knew him.”

Weber “shared that his legacy and his most esteemed moments {of professional} delight have been tied to the success of SDSU,” de la Torre stated. “Weber held a profound love for SDSU, investing himself wholly in its well-being and sustainability. For that and lots of different causes, he leaves a everlasting mark on the college and people he served.”

Weber positioned SDSU for larger academic entry and financial improvement, “which he recurrently stated have been two vital drivers of a thriving society,” in keeping with SDSU officers. “All through his 15-year tenure, the college noticed historic will increase in scholar success — together with improved tutorial rankings and rising commencement charges that outpaced many others within the nation.”

To garner group help, Weber launched The Marketing campaign for SDSU, which raised $800 million, in keeping with the college.

Different achievements from Weber’s tenure have been the college’s six-year commencement fee rising to 66% and increasing native partnerships that attracted native college students to SDSU, contributing to diversified scholar enrollments, the college stated.

Underneath his tenure, SDSU school and workers secured over $1.1 billion in exterior analysis and improvement funding, in addition to the addition of recent buildings, together with the Arts and Letters Constructing, the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Heart and what’s now the Donald P. Shiley Bioscience Heart, in keeping with the college.

Weber’s affect additionally utilized to scholar athletics, leading to a aggressive sports activities program, in keeping with de la Torre. Within the 2010-11 season, the Aztecs soccer crew competed in a bowl recreation for the primary time since 1998; the boys’s basketball crew broke into the AP prime 25, adopted by the highest 4 later; and the ladies’s basketball crew received Mountain West championship and superior to the Candy Sixteen within the Nationwide Collegiate Athletic Affiliation event.

In keeping with de la Torre, after establishing the President Stephen Weber Fund for Excellence — to  guarantee school help within the School of Arts and Letters — Weber stated he seemed again “with an excessive amount of delight and satisfaction” throughout his time at San Diego State.

“I had nice colleagues,” Weber stated. “That they had actual ambitions for the college, for his or her college students and for the bigger group.

“I’m so pleased with San Diego State and what it has finished,” Weber stated. “It’s necessary that wholesome organizations proceed to evolve and transfer ahead. I see San Diego State as a significant, dwelling establishment that’s reinventing itself recurrently, typically in methods I couldn’t have imagined, however at all times in methods I respect and applaud.”