Cal State Northridge officials announced Tuesday that a Missouri university administrator will become vice president of administration and finance.
Mohammad “Mo” Qayoumi will oversee 430 employees and a $26-million annual budget. He will be in charge of university budgeting, accounting services and logistics. The university’s administration and finance division also is in charge of physical plant management, purchasing, human resources and public safety.
“I am delighted the university will have the opportunity to benefit from Dr. Qayoumi’s leadership and experience,” said Louanne Kennedy, interim president of the 28,000-student campus.
Qayoumi will replace James Sullivan, who served as interim vice president in 1999. Arthur Elbert, the last permanent vice president of administration and finance, served from 1995 to 1998, when he moved to the Cal State system’s chancellor’s office in Long Beach.
Qayoumi was doing a similar job at the 5,000-student University of Missouri at Rolla since 1995. He was an associate vice president for administration at San Jose State University from 1986 to 1995. He also held several administrative positions at the University of Cincinnati from 1979 to 1986.
Qayoumi was trained as an engineer and was a project electrical engineer and communications engineer in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Among Qayoumi’s most pressing duties will be oversight of six building projects costing more than $70 million. The projects will complete CSUN’s $400-million recovery from the 1994 Northridge earthquake.