May 1, 2000 Vol. IV, No. 15

One Campus V.P. Hired as Another Announces His Departure

'Mo' Qayoumi Named New Administration V.P.; Bill Outhouse to Resign from University Relations

Cal State Northridge has concluded its search for a new administration vice president with the hiring of a veteran administrator from Missouri, but now will commence a new search after Bill Outhouse's planned resignation as vice president for University Relations.

Mohammad "Mo" Qayoumi (right)- a 25-year veteran of higher education and industry who is a vice chancellor at the University of Missouri-Rolla-will be CSUN's new vice president for Administration and Finance, Interim President Louanne Kennedy announced.

Qayoumi, UMR's vice chancellor for administrative services for the past five years, is due to start July 1 in a similar role at CSUN, where he also will carry the title of chief financial officer. Qayoumi (pronounced "Kay-o-mee") will succeed James Sullivan, who served as CSUN's interim vice president and CFO since January 1999.

The hiring of Qayoumi - a native of Kabul, Afghanistan, who came to the United States in 1978 - concluded a seven-month national search to fill the CSUN position. Qayoumi topped the field of nearly 75 applicants for the vice president's job, including 11 who participated in videoconference interviews and five who visited the campus in recent weeks.

As one of four CSUN vice presidents, Qayoumi, a veteran of 21 years in higher education, will oversee the university's Administration and Finance Division with about 430 employees and a $26 million budget.

Previously, Qayoumi served from 1986 to 1995 as associate vice president for administration at San Jose State University, which Kennedy noted gave him valuable prior experience in the Cal State system. From 1979 to 1986, Qayoumi held several administrative positions at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Meanwhile, Outhouse (right), who has headed CSUN's University Relations Division since March 1998, accepted a position as executive vice president of the Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation, which serves one of the fastest growing educational institutions in that state.

Outhouse, who previously spent 10 years at the University of Arkansas, will remain here through June. Outhouse expressed mixed emotions about the move, saying he enjoyed working at CSUN, but also looks forward to returning to his prior home state.

May 1 2000

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