Executives in Residence

Our Executives in Residence are LCoB alumni who possess more than 20 years of expertise in a specific area that contributes to enhancing the SJSJ and LCoB educational mission. These volunteers facilitate critically important strategic initiatives for LCoB such as creating new programs, ensuring excellence in existing college activities, and bridging San Jose State and Lucas College of Business with the business community. They work with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders such as alumni, faculty, university administrators and business leaders to advance the college’s goals and objectives.


William DeVincenzi  William DeVincenzi
Executive-in-Residence responsible for the Gary J. Sbona Honors Program and the Thompson Global Internship Program

Bill will be responsible for managing the Gary J. Sbona Honors Program, the Thompson Global Internship Program, and providing advising and counseling services to involved students. He will act as an ambassador and advocate for the LCoB and to improve its image and reputation in the business community.”

 William DeVincenzi has an MBA from U. C. Berkeley and is a  Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of California. Mr  DeVincenzi spent 25 years in corporate finance with the last 10  years at the VP Finance & CFO level. Mr DeVincenzi retired from  industry in 1994 to begin a new career in teaching at San Jose State  University. Over the past 20 years, he has achieved the Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor award (1998) and the Outstanding Graduate Instructor award (2004). In 2007, he received the Dean’s Distinguished Service award from the College of Business. In 2008, he was named Outstanding Faculty student club advisor by San Jose State University. In 2008 through 2013, he was named Master Teacher by the College of Business. In 2009, Mr. DeVincenzi was named Outstanding Lecturer by San Jose State University.Mr. DeVincenzi helped form a new major in Corporate Finance (combining Accounting and Finance fundamentals), and Directs the Gary J. Sbona Honors Program, a unique program which places teams of the best students in the College of Business into project oriented internship-like positions with local corporations in Silicon Valley. He also directs the Thompson Global Internship Program which places students into Internationally based Internships providing students with a real global educational opportunity. He is Co-faculty advisor for the Financial Management Association (FMA) student club which has earned the distinction of being the only chapter in the world to win every major award that FMA International has to offer, simultaneously. He was also named Outstanding Faculty advisor by FMA International for four consecutive years. Mr. DeVincenzi retired from his beloved teaching career in December, 2013. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Global Community, as well having been a founding director and CFO of Hooked on Nature. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Federal Credit Union for 10 years, 3 of which as Chairman of the Board.


Jacques FrancoeurJacques Francoeur
Cyber Executive-in-Residence

Jacques is the founder and CEO of Spheric Security Solutions. He joins us with an accomplished track record of industry and thought leadership in the field of Cybersecurity. He has published numerous technical white papers and has been a driving force in founding a number of cyber initiatives1 . Jacques’ corporate career includes Ernst & Young, SAIC, Adobe Systems, Inc., KPMG, and the Canadian Space Agency. He also has an accomplished academic record with a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a MBA from Concordia University in Montreal.

Jacques has been actively working with LCoB’s Dr. Leslie Albert for over two years in developing cyber risk and resiliency leading practices and delivering Cyber Risk Management workshops. 

In his role as the LCoB Cyber EIR, Jacques, with Leslie, will be the driving force behind the launch of the proposed Center for Organizational Resilience (COR) in late 2016. As chair of the COR Executive Advisory Board, Jacques will help provide strategic vision and formulate the design, formation, and operation of COR, with an initial emphasis on cyber resilience. Jacques will also help form partnerships with government, industry, and non-profit organizations outside SJSU and draw other cyber leaders to our growing SJSU Cyber Center-of-Excellence.


Carla GriffinCarla Griffin
Executive-in-Residence, Community Engagement

The new AACSB standards put emphasis on 3 new themes: Engagement, Innovation and Impact. Carla chairs a Community Engagement Board to strengthen the new AACSB standards. Carla and the Board reach out to alumni and friends, working closely with our Directors of Development in Advancement; and assist with our Branding & Marketing initiative. This Board is primarily composed of alumni that helped raise $17 million for the renovation of the BBC over a decade ago. 


Meet the members of our Community Engagement Board

Carla graduated from SJSU with a BS in Accounting and Finance, she has broad experience in accounting, auditing and financial management, having spent 10 years as a financial executive with Philco Ford Microelectronics, Product line Controller and Internal Auditor for Fairchild Semiconductors and Controller/Treasurer for Advanced Micro Devices. Following her semiconductor career, she started working in real estate and financial consulting with an emphasis on early-stage startups. She is now a broker/owner with B&A Realtors and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS). In addition, she is a broker/owner with Griffin International Acquisitions, which are merger and acquisition specialists for mid-range ($5-50 million) companies. She has received many awards, including Ambassador of the Year from the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce; recipient of the Dean’s Service Award in recognition of her Outstanding Service; and an honoree of our Beta Gamma Sigma chapter.


Oliver YuDr. Oliver Yu
Executive-in-Residence East Asia Outreach Program

 His principal job duty is to "help develop relationships with  universities in East Asia, especially in China and Taiwan, and with the  recruitment of students for Lucas College and Graduate School of  Business programs, especially the MBA-1". Oliver has a Ph.D. from  Stanford and was Director, Energy and Technology Strategies at SRI  International for 11 years and Manager for Institute-wide Planning  and Analysis at Electric Power Research Institute for 15 years; has  extensive contacts in the local Chinese community and in China,  Taiwan, Japan and Korea; and is also a Lecturer/Full Professor in the College, teaching in the Lucas Graduate School. Oliver will be working closely with faculty in our College that have existing relationships with East Asian countries; and with International & Extended Studies in relationship development and student recruitment in East Asia.