Biography, Ruben Armiñana

Professional Background

Ruben Armiñana became the sixth president of Sonoma State University in 1992. He is also professor of political science and teaches or guest lectures on occasion. During Dr. Armiñana’s tenure he has been successful in furthering the academic and co-curricular programs of the University, leading to Sonoma State University being one of the most popular campuses in the California State University. Under his leadership, the University has experienced a steady increase in private donor investment, a vast increase in the number of students who apply, a significant positive increase in the University's academic reputation, and numerous partnerships with businesses and public institutions in the North Bay region and beyond.

Dr. Armiñana has overseen the development of the campus for students with the opening of the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center and the Environmental Technology Center, the renovation of Salazar Hall (to offer a central location for all student services), and the doubling of the size of residential housing to accommodate 3,100 of the campus' 9,100 students. The recently opened Student Center and the Recreation Center supports the co-curricular life of students, and the renovation of Darwin Hall enhances the University’s 21st century science programs. Through his vision, the University opened the Donald & Maureen Green Music Center and its acoustically-perfect Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall. His support of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a program for students over the age of 50, has helped it to become extremely successful and it continues to expand. He has renewed the campus' commitment to diversity through the creation of the President’s Diversity Council.

He serves on local and regional boards including the North Bay Leadership Council and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the Santa Rosa Chamber Business Education Leaders Committee. His work at the California State University system level includes leadership roles in technology and finance.


  • Ph.D., Political Science (Public Administration, International Relations, and Comparative Politics), University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1983. Dissertation: Job Satisfaction in Municipal Government: The Incentives Model, 1983
  • M.A., Latin American Economics and Political Science, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, 1970. Thesis: Agricultural Policies and Production in Cuba, (1966-1969), 1970
  • B.A., Economics, Political Science, and Spanish, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, 1968
  • A.A., Economics and Political Science, Hill Junior College (now Hill College), Hillsboro, Texas, 1966


Biography, Marne Olson

Marne Olson is the vice chair of the Green Music Center Board of Advisors. As vice chair, she serves on the Executive Committee and is involved in all decision-making of the Board. In 1995, she served on the Board of Directors of the Santa Rosa Symphony in line with her passion for the arts, classical music and the education of youth. She was elected president of the Santa Rosa Symphony Board in 2000 and helped shape the vision of the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, a public/private partnership between the Symphony and the University. As spouse of President Ruben Armiñana, she has served on many boards and committees supporting higher education including the Ambassadors for Higher Education, a multi-leveled advocacy group, the Green Music Center Inaugural Season Committee, the Green Music Center Board of Advisors-University Affairs Committee among many others.