Hard to believe that California’s Republicans selected Carly Fiorina over Tom Campbell to run against Barbara Boxer in the Fall. Campbell had polled much better than Fiorina in a theoretical contest with Boxer. Campbell was/is one of the very few California Republican politicians who has appeal among Democrats and Independents. Tens of thousands of Democrats and Independents would likely have voted for Tom Campbell. How many Democrats are going to vote for Carly Fiorina…twelve?
What’s next for Tom Campbell? How about President of San Jose State University?
Don Kassing has agreed to come back and lead SJSU on an interim basis. Tom Campbell could be given the nod to take over leadership of the university in June, 2011. From now until then, Campbell could report to Kassing on a number of special projects for the university, while preparing to take the helm in twelve months.
The last thing San Jose State needs right now is a lengthy nation-wide search for its next president. We all know how that works…such a search would produce a candidate that no one has ever heard of, from a liberal arts college on the east coast that no one has ever heard of. San Jose State needs a proven leader who has roots here, and is connected to Silicon Valley. (Campbell recently served as Dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley).
Can you think of a better candidate to lead San Jose State than Tom Campbell?