Vice President's Office Staff

 Sharon Willey

Sharon Willey, Ed.D.

Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Sharon Willey leads many efforts to support student success outside the classroom, from pre-admissions through graduation and beyond. This includes admissions, registration, financial aid, clubs, fraternities and sororities, housing, student conduct, student health, retention programs, career services, the Student Union and the Associated Students of SJSU (student government). Appointed in October 2017, Willey previously served as Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services from July 2012 to September 2017, where she led ten departments including Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach; Enrollment Services Technical Implementation and Communication; Financial Aid & Scholarships Office; Office of the Registrar; Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation; and Testing. These departments share the common goal of providing quality service and support to our students from the time of recruitment and application to graduation. Sharon previously served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, where she had responsibility for the division-wide budget, personnel, assessment and professional development within the division. Sharon served as Associate Dean of Students at Menlo College, where she coordinated leadership development, community service, wellness, housing and student conduct. She held several positions in University Housing Services at SJSU including Associate Director of Organization & Planning; Associate Director of Facilities Operations; Assistant Director of Residential Life; and Resident Director. Sharon has taught three graduate courses at SJSU and presented on assessment and staff training at national conferences including the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and the Association of Fraternity Advisors. Sharon earned her doctorate in International & Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco where her research focused on awareness of white racial identity and privilege. Her masters of arts degree is from Bowling Green State University in Higher Education & Student Affairs, and she earned her bachelors degree in Psychology from UC Davis. 

 Debra Griffith


Debra Y. Griffith, Ed.D.

Debra Griffith serves as the Associate Vice President for Transition and Retention Services. She provides administrative oversight for initiatives to improve graduation rates, retention rates and student engagement. Debra also oversees Pillar One: College Readiness of the University’s student success plan.

Debra launched her career at the Administration for Children’s Services as a child protective specialist in New York. Shortly after, she assumed various positions such as Resident Director at Kean University and SJSU; Director of Student Conduct and Ethical Development; Director of the Educational Opportunity Program; Title IX investigator and Assistant Dean of Students for the Semester at Sea program at the University of Virginia.

Debra has served SJSU for more than 15 years and has been engaged in efforts to build a more welcoming and inclusive campus through her service on the University’s Diversity Master Plan Committee and the President’s Commission on Diversity, and is serving as a 2016-17 Salzburg Fellow. Debra received the 2011 Arthur Dunklin Diversity Champion Award in recognition for her work in supporting and creating an inclusive and supportive environment for students in the Educational Opportunity Program.

Debra earned a doctorate in Business specializing in organizational leadership from Argosy University in San Francisco where her research focused on African-American Women’s perceptions of the Concrete Ceiling, and Career Advancement in Higher Education. Her master of arts degree is from San Jose State University in Education with an emphasis in Counseling and Student Personnel, and a bachelors degree in Sociology from Long Island University, Brooklyn New York campus.

Sonja Daniels

Sonja Daniels, Ed.D.

Dr. Sonja Daniels serves as the Associate Vice President for Campus Life.  She provides administrative oversight for the functional areas of University Housing Services, Student Involvement, Student Conduct and Ethical Development, Gender Equity and Pride Centers, MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center, the Student Union and Associated Students.  These departments focus on enhancing student involvement and leadership experiences in support of the development of students and campus life.  The area has a critical focus on increasing student engagement and campus programming.  She also serves on the campus Joint Enrollment Planning Committee, the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), the Student Union Board of Directors, and the Associated Students Board of Directors. 

Prior to SJSU, Dr. Daniels served as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Dr. Daniels oversaw the units of University Housing Services, Disabled Student Services, the Loker Student Union, Associated Students, Inc., Student Conduct, the Office of Student Life, International Programs, Veteran Student Programs and the Multicultural Center. She also coordinated the divisions’ assessment initiatives and worked on strategic planning.  Prior to CSUDH, Dr. Daniels worked at CSU Northridge as the Associate Director of Student Development and International Programs where she was responsible for the management of the International & Exchange Student Center, and the Matador Involvement Center which oversaw Fraternity and Sorority Life, Community and Volunteer Programs, Clubs and Organizations and Leadership Programs. She also worked with New Student Programs, the Associated Students, Inc., and served on the China Institute Board. Dr. Daniels has also served as the Director of Student Life Programs at CSU East Bay. As an avid world traveler, she has sailed on two voyages with the Institute for Shipboard Education’s Semester at Sea Program and has served on the SAS Diversity Task Force. She began her career in residence life having worked at Tulane University, UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego, Thurgood Marshall College.

She received her Bachelors in Business Administration from Texas Christian University, her Masters of Arts in Higher Education Administration from New York University at her Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California. Professionally, she has been involved in NASPA, NAFSA, WACUHO, and NODA having presented at several conferences, served in leadership capacities and worked on conference planning teams. Her research on international students has provided the opportunity to present at two AERA conferences as a part of the Diversity Course Project in the Rossier School of Education at USC. Her research interests come from her work with international students, a commitment to diversity and student engagement opportunities, and the many “learning moments” from her extensive travels around the world. She has taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Masters Counseling Program at CSU Northridge and currently teaches Diversity and History of Higher Education courses in the USC Rossier School of Education Doctoral Program.

 Romando A. Nash, J.D.

Romando A. Nash, J.D.

Romando Nash serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Services. He provides administrative oversight for five functional areas: Accessible Education Center (including Center for Accessible Technology), Career Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Military and Veterans Student Services, and the Office of the University Ombudsperson. These departments share the common goal of focusing on student success and holistic development. Romando also oversees divisional staff development, the College Readiness Project, the Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards and serves on the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). Prior to joining San Jose State University, Romando served as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Executive Director for Residential Education at the University of Southern California. Prior to USC, he worked at Loyola University Chicago, Seattle University, and Santa Clara University.

Romando earned his J.D. with an emphasis in Juvenile Delinquency Law from Santa Clara University. Other earned degrees include a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History from Notre Dame de Namur University and a Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Correctional Psychology from Santa Clara University.  The recipient of various awards and recognition, he was recently recognized at the WACE annual conference with the John Yarborough – Best of the West Award for his presentation on being an introvert in Student Affairs. In addition, he has been honored as the Outstanding Experienced Professional by the ACPA Commission for Housing and Residential Life.  Romando stays active in several professional associations and currently serves as the Human Resources Review Coordinator for the program committee for ACUHO-I and as a faculty member for ACUHO-I’s STARS College. Additionally, he has presented numerous professional presentations related to organizational change, mentorship, retention, multicultural competent leadership, training and development, and other student affairs areas. He also teaches graduate classes on legal issues in higher education.  Some of his emphasis and research areas include: Higher Education Law, Multicultural Affairs, Supervision, Organizational Management, Leadership Development, Mentoring, First Generation Students, Assessment, Judicial Affairs, and Strategic Planning.

Coleetta McElroy

Coleetta McElroy, MPA

Coleetta McElroy serves as the Interim Associate Vice President for Administrative & Enrollment Services. She leads five departments including Admissions & Outreach; Enrollment Operations & Communications; Financial Aid & Scholarships Office; Office of the Registrar; and Testing. 

Robb Drury

Robb Drury

Robb Drury serves as Senior Director for Resource Management.  In this role, Robb oversees human and financial resources for the Division of Student Affairs.  In addition, he consults on strategic planning, facilities management, donor relations, safety and security.  

Prior to joining Student Affairs in July 2015, Robb served for almost 20 years in California public higher education in University Advancement at three universities.  His most recent role was Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations. Prior to his return to SJSU in 2007, Robb served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at UC Riverside from January 2005 to January 2007. Mr. Drury was Director of Advancement Services at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (2003-2005), Director Advancement Services at San Jose State (1999-2003), Program Manager, San Jose State Alumni Association (1996-1999), Administrative Manager, Montessori Learning Commons, Inc. (1995-1996), Administrative Manager, California, Child, Youth and Family Coalition (1992-1995) and New Accounts Coordinator, Fidelity Investments (1987-1990).

Mr. Drury earned a BS degree in Social Work from Sacramento State University and a Masters in Public Administration from San Jose State University.