SAN JOSE -- The president of San Jose State University has been tapped to serve on a national security advisory council, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday.
Mo Qayoumi was appointed to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, a body of university presidents and academic leaders that advises the secretary on issues relating to international students, recent graduate recruitment, homeland security academic programs and academic research.
A native of Afghanistan, Qayoumi once served as an adviser to the minister of finance in his home country and was on the board of the Central Bank of Afghanistan. The former Cal State East Bay president holds master's degrees in nuclear, electrical and computer engineering and a doctorate in electrical engineering. Qayoumi will also be chairman of the council's new subcommittee on cybersecurity; San Jose State is preparing to launch a cybersecurity center.
"Dr. Qayoumi's extensive experience and expertise will make him a valuable asset to the council," Napolitano said in the news release. "I look forward to working with him on these critical issues."
He will still keep his post as president of San Jose State.
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