Sakaki will be the first Japanese American woman to run a four-year university in the United States.
“It’s not that it weighs you down,” said Sakaki to the Chronicle of Higher Education. “It’s just that you take that into context and know the importance of being a role model.”
Sakaki credentials are impressive. She was last Vice President for Student Affairs for the entire University of California system and earlier served in the same position for UC Davis.
One of her biggest challenges is to right the ship at Sonoma State’s Green Music Center. It’s an issue that’s so contentious because of cost overruns that the last president had to endure a no confidence vote from the faculty.
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