Update from the President Archive

July 2, 2020
I am writing with an update about fall 2020 now that our plan for academics, housing, and dining has been approved by Chancellor Timothy White and the CSU Chancellor’s Office....

June 18, 2020
I am extremely heartened by the Supreme Court’s ruling today that rejects the presidential administration’s effort to deport hundreds of thousands of young undocumented people by terminating the program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...

June 1, 2020
What happens to a dream deferred? As I write this statement at the end of a tumultuous weekend in our country, my heart, like yours, weighs heavy with anger and sadness. Once again the dreams of so many black families are deferred due to blatant racism...

May 12, 2020
Chancellor Timothy White, in reporting to the Board of Trustees about COVID-19 implications for the CSU today, stated that the planning framework for course delivery across the system will be primarily virtual for fall 2020...

May 8, 2020

I arrived at Sonoma State four years ago this summer, not long before the freshmen of the Class of 2020 first moved onto campus. My memories of those first days as a member of the Sonoma state community are filled with joy and exuberance...

April 2, 2020
I’m writing to you at the beginning of a new month – one that is new to all of us in ways that may have seemed unimaginable at the start of March. You are likely reading this message as you study, work, live and shelter in place in your residence hall or home....

March 19, 2020
Sonoma State is committed to continuing to educate our students through this semester even as we navigate the shelter-in-place and other public health orders emerging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given this rapidly changing environment, we have made two major decisions today to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff....

March 17, 2020
Sonoma County has announced that, effective at midnight tonight, it will be joining seven other Bay Area counties in issuing a “shelter-in-place” order effective through April 7, 2020.....

March 4, 2020
Although 2020 is only two months old, I know this year may already seem a little too busy, a little too stressful and a little too overwhelming....

Feb. 5, 2020
Spring semester is well underway, and it’s been exciting to see and feel all the energy that each of you brings to our campus classrooms...

Jan. 22, 2020
Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful winter break. An exciting new semester has just begun...

Dec. 4, 2019
December on campus marks the end of the fall semester and the culmination of much of the hard work...

Nov. 13, 2019
As we near Thanksgiving, I’m especially thankful for the tenacity and the empathy our students, faculty and staff have shown throughout the fall. ...

Oct. 3, 2019
The colors of the trees, cool mornings and brisk winds can only mean one thing – fall has officially arrived at Sonoma State. And our campus has never looked more beautiful. SSU also has never looked more alive with all the activities and projects we have happening. ...

Aug. 21, 2019
It is so good to have us all together again, and to welcome our new students, faculty and staff to campus. The semester is just a few days old, and we already have a host of memories to share and things to celebrate...

May 1, 2019
In just two and a half weeks, we will celebrate the newest class of Sonoma State graduates at commencement. Commencement season always fills me with hope and joy. ...

April 3, 2019
Happy April! Spring is the season of new beginnings, transformation and growth. Despite this week’s rain, we know that spring is out there. ...

March 6, 2019
This has been a month of record-setting rain in Sonoma County, and our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected by the recent floods. ...

Feb. 6, 2019
Winter has arrived in the North Bay, and while we are grateful for the rain, I encourage you to stay safe on the roads...

Jan. 16, 2019
As we approach the start of the spring semester, I want to wish you all a happy new year. ...

Dec. 18, 2019
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jerlena Griffin-Desta as Chief of Staff/Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Diversity. ...

Dec. 5, 2018
As the fall semester draws to a close, and the holiday season begins, I’d like to congratulate you on your hard work, your dedication to achieving your goals...

Nov. 6, 2018
The violent events of recent weeks have been painful and sad for our country. Racism and anti-Semitism whether in Kentucky, Pennsylvania or closer to home are distressing and disturbing. ...

Oct. 5, 2018
Greetings! October finds Sonoma State University once again in full swing - as well as a little damp from recent rains. But this time also comes with some painful memories of what happened in our corner of the world just 12 months ago. ...

Aug. 28, 2018
Greetings! Welcome back to campus for the start of the 2018-19 academic year at Sonoma State. The fall semester has barely gotten underway, and it is already full of memories. ...

July 12, 2018
Greetings. I hope you are enjoying these warm days and balmy nights as much as I am. Although campus is calmer these days, the peace and quiet belies the hard work that continues in many areas of University life. ... 

May 25, 2018
Dr. Judy K. Sakaki, president of Sonoma State University, released the following statement today concerning a traffic fatality today on Bennett Valley Road involving Hollie N. Pruden, a member of the University community. ...

May 22, 2018
This past weekend we celebrated our largest graduating class in Sonoma State history—2,076 graduates—with six commencement ceremonies. ...

May 16, 2018
As we approach our final days of the Spring 2018 semester, it is hard to believe that another academic year is coming to a close. ...

March 27, 2018
I hope you had an enjoyable spring break. It is hard to believe that the spring semester is already half over and that commencement is right around the corner. ...

Feb. 22, 2018
Just a week ago, our nation was saddened once again by a school shooting that claimed 17 lives in Florida. ...

Feb. 1, 2018
I am excited that Greg Sawyer accepted our invitation to join the leadership team at Sonoma State as Vice President for Student Affairs. ...

Jan. 26, 2018
Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope that you had a restful and joyful break, and are ready for an exciting spring semester. ...

Dec. 14, 2017
I want to sincerely thank each of you for making Sonoma State University a great place to study and work. ...

Oct. 17, 2017
Since the early morning hours of Oct. 9, our community has been tested by the unprecedented challenges of the fires that have struck our communities. ...

Oct. 2, 2017
We are saddened by the tragic incident that occurred at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas last night. ...

June 21, 2017
We have so many talented students, faculty and staff doing excellent work at Sonoma State and I wanted to write and share some wonderful recognition a few of them have received recently. ...

May 2, 2017
Thank you all for your participation and support of our Investiture Day. I loved the Mini-Conference, ceremony and concert. ...

March 24, 2017
Happy Spring!  There is so much happening on campus that I want to take this opportunity to provide an update on a few things. ...

March 15, 2017
After a lengthy trial, I want you to know that the jury verdict issued today in a lawsuit regarding asbestos in Stevenson Hall found that the building has in fact been “safe and healthful” for Sonoma State employees. ...

Dec. 16, 2016
My first semester at Sonoma State is drawing to a close, and this week has been an exciting time of the year as our students worked tirelessly on their final exams and papers. ...

Nov. 4, 2016
I write today with a heavy heart. On Nov. 2, two of our staff members discovered a body in a heavily wooded area near parking lot M on the edge of campus. ...

Oct. 25, 2016
Happy October! It’s amazing and a bit scary to me that it’s already almost time for Halloween. I have recently passed the milestone mark of completing my first 100 days. ...