Robert S. Nelsen, new President of Sacramento State University
After nearly three decades as a leader in the Texas university system, Robert S. Nelsen has taken the helm of California State University, Sacramento with a bold mission: To dramatically boost graduation rates and reduce the amount of time it takes for students to acquire their degrees. Nelsen, a Montana native who still dons the cowboy boots of his rancher childhood, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Brigham Young University, and his doctorate from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. Nelsen is taking over at Sacramento State as the university looks to have an increasing role in the city’s economic footprint. He plans to work with the Sacramento region’s leaders and employers to increase the number of internships and service-learning opportunities for students. The Sacramento Press Club welcomed President Nelsen on August 14, 2015 as he laid out his vision for Sacramento State.