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SJSU president, San Jose airport director elected to Joint Venture board

Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi, Bill Sherry elected at quarterly meeting

September 16, 2011 - Joint Venture Silicon Valley announced today that San Jose State University President Mohammad Qayoumi and San Jose Mineta International Airport Aviation Director Bill Sherry have been elected to the organization's board of directors.

Prior to taking his role at SJSU on July 1, Dr. Qayoumi was president of Cal State East Bay from 2006 and previously served as vice president for administration and finance at CSU Northridge for six years. He has also served as associate vice president for administration at SJSU. Dr. Qayoumi earned his BS in electrical engineering from the American University of Beirut and holds two master's degrees, an MBA and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, where he also held administrative positions.

Sherry has been director of aviation at San Jose Airport since 2005, leading the $13 billion modernization program. In March of this year, he was named concurrently to be president of the San Jose Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and CEO for Team San Jose. In his airport role, Sherry supervised construction of the new Terminal B and rental car center, remodelling of Terminal A and improvement of all airport roadways and parking facilities. In his city role, Sherry is overseeing San Jose's $120 million project to exapnd and renovate the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

The 50-member Joint Venture board of directors includes senior-level representatives from business, local and regional government, academia, labor and workforce organizations and the broader community. Among Joint Venture’s current regional initiatives are programs to support economic development, strengthen climate protection, establish a disaster resiliency center, broaden the region's wireless network and beautify the El Camino Real.

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