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Dr. Judy K. Sakaki





by Jonah Raskin

is my belief that there is a strong alignment between what Sonoma State seeks in its next president and my experience and values,” Judy K. Sakaki wrote in the letter to the search committee. The trustees’ selection committee agreed whole-heartedly that she was the right person at the right time and in the right place. And the sentiment on campus was unanimous. “I was sitting in my living room in 2009 watching the election results when Barack Obama was elected for his first term. When it was announced I just leapt out of my chair with hope for what could happen for the country. When I met and spoke with Judy Sakaki, I had that same feeling of hope and opportunity for the future of Sonoma State. There are so many new possibilities when you get a new set of eyes—a different lens. I feel very hopeful for the future of SSU. And I am delighted to be part of that,” said Deborah Roberts, chair of SSU’s Nursing Program. As the new president of Sonoma State University, Sakaki is the first Asian American woman to lead


Insights fall2016  

Insights: The Magazine of Sonoma State University. The fall 2016 issue welcomes President Judy K. Sakaki, explores pioneering winery wastewa...