Woodbury University announced today that international business leader David M. Steele-Figueredo, is the school’s new president.

The university with campuses in Burbank and San Diego said its nationwide search for a president lasted six months. Steele-Figueredo will start on Nov. 16.

For the last seven years, Steele-Figueredo had served as dean of San Jose State University’s Lucas College & Graduate School of Business, where he helped enhance academic quality and implemented new programs.

Before his academic career started in 2002, he was an executive at Chevron Corp. in San Ramon, including stints as senior strategic planner, financial analyst and president of Chevron Latin America, where he led start-up operations that grew annual revenues to $1.3 billion in three years.

“David Steele-Figueredo’s vast global business experience and extensive record of building innovative academic and other programs that bring value to students, employers and communities truly distinguished him from the other fine candidates we considered,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Lawrence Hurwitz in a statement.

“My commitment to the Woodbury community is to strengthen the university’s brand, its reputation and its special place in the market -- and to begin to do so immediately,” Steele-Figueredo said in a statement.