A former top Hoovers executive says a “beautiful thing” has happened since he left the university in 2013.
The former CEO of the state’s biggest university says he’s “heartbroken” and “overwhelmed” with the loss of his wife, Susan, who died last year.
Former CEO of California’s biggest U.S. university, H.S., James Hooven speaks at the “Thank You” rally at the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif., Friday, April 1, 2021.
He was the last to speak at the rally.
“She was a very beautiful person.
She was an extremely intelligent woman.
She loved her family very much,” Hoovil told ABC News.
Hooven said his wife died in a car crash on Nov. 3, 2017, shortly after her wedding anniversary, and that the couple has been in “an emotional limbo” for more than three years.
“I’ve had two kids and it’s just been a wonderful day, but it’s been a beautiful day,” he said.
Hoovil says he has been dealing with depression and anxiety since the accident.
“She left me a couple of weeks before I was to leave to go to California and I was really devastated and very heartbroken that she was gone,” he told ABC.
James Hooving, former CEO, California’s largest university, speaks at a rally at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Friday, Apr. 1, 2019.
ABC News’ Laura Seagal contributed to this report.