Jim Herrick is the Director of SDSU’s Alumni Association. This post originally appeared in his blog, Directly Speaking.
For the first time in 15 years we have a new university president in the same month that our new SDSU Alumni Association president assumes his responsibilities. The timing could not be more providential in terms of an alumni leader who can provide a wealth of assistance to San Diego State’s top administrator, should that assistance be called upon.
Jeff Marston brings a lifetime of valuable political and professional experience to the head of the table at Alumni Association board meetings. Not only has Jeff represented San Diego in the California State Assembly, he has also been a member of the California Postsecondary Education Commission, served on the San Diego Community College District Trustee Advisory Council and chaired the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee among other accomplishments too numerous to list in this space.
We’re lucky to have Jeff. He knows how things work in post-secondary education and, perhaps more importantly these days, in Sacramento. In fact, he has regularly accompanied SDSU officials to the state capital to lobby on behalf of the university. An advocate for SDSU virtually since he graduated in 1977, Jeff is politically savvy, engaging and a great orator – all qualities that serve him, the Alumni Association and the university well. He commands a great deal of respect at the university and in the alumni community.
Personally, Jeff has a dry wit and is extremely self-deprecating. He can take a joke and dish it out, which makes him a lot of fun to be around.
And Jeff’s devotion as an Aztec fan is unparalleled (with the possible exception of Tom Ables). He runs up his Orbitz bill following Aztec teams to big games where ever they may be. This fall he’ll be heading to West Point and Michigan.
Jeff likes all sports, but he is beyond your normal baseball fanatic in that he manages and plays on an adult baseball team (not softball, mind you, with the big fat ball and a keg of beer, but real honest-to-goodness baseball). Although he’s competitive, Jeff fully appreciates the joy of just being in the game. That’s why he’s effective at so much of what he undertakes.
All of these things combine to make Jeff a great president for the Alumni Association. Staff and board members all look forward to his leadership in the coming year.
Now, if we could just get him to stop rooting for the Yankees…