Meet the Provost
Andy Feinstein, PhD, is the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at San José State University. As the chief academic officer of the university, he oversees 154 degree programs (undergraduate, master’s and two doctorate), and supports more than 32,000 students, 1,700 faculty, and more than 200 staff and administrators. He provides leadership for seven colleges, the College of International and Extended Education (generating $29 million in self-support funds), the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (one of the nation’s first university-city library partnerships), as well as the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory in Monterey Bay and the SJSU Research Foundation. As provost, he facilitates university strategic planning, leads Academic Affairs strategic planning, implements budget and resource allocation plans, guides and oversees innovations in academic technology, promotes faculty and student success, and supports curricular and program distinction.
Before becoming the provost in April 2014, Feinstein was hired as the deputy provost in July 2013 and served as Interim Provost from January through April 2014. He also served as the interim dean of the College of International and Extended Studies.
Prior to arriving at SJSU, Feinstein was dean and James A. Collins Distinguished Chair of The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona. The Collins College is the first and largest hospitality program in California and ranked as one of the best in the nation. At Cal Poly Pomona, Feinstein implemented a strategic plan resulting in the elevation of the program to a college, the development of a successful self-supported master’s of science program, and the raising of more than $14.5 million in gifts. He also served as the first CSU Director of Hospitality Management Education and established the Hospitality Management Education Initiative, a partnership of 14 CSU campuses and a board of top industry leaders.
Feinstein also served as senior advisor to the president at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and associate dean for strategic initiatives at UNLV’s Harrah Hotel College. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in hotel administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his doctoral degree from The Pennsylvania State University, where he held an academic computing fellowship.
Feinstein has published more than 30 refereed journal articles and presented at dozens of meetings and conferences. His areas of focus have included instructional systems, simulation modeling and technology. He is the co-author of two textbooks, one of which has been adopted at more than 250 colleges and universities worldwide.