Meet the Board of Directors
John W. Baird
John W. Baird is a principal partner of ExecutivEdge of Silicon Valley. Baird has more than 20 years of coaching experience and is an emeritus senior professor in the College of Business at San José State University. Baird specializes in one-on-one coaching, executive development, succession planning, strategy and team development and organizational change. He is the author of three textbooks on communication and management and has authored over 50 articles and papers on organizational communication, management and organizational development. Baird is very active in the community and has served on boards for the San Jose Rotary, YMCA, and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Baird received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in the field of organizational communication and management.
William E. "Bill" Barton, Sr., '67 Business
Bill Barton retired from Granite Construction Inc. after 28 years as SVP CFO. He earned a bachelor of science from SJSU in business with a major in accounting and finance, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He serves on a variety of private, public and non-profit Boards of Directors. Barton also serves as a member of the Lucas College of Business Global Leadership Council and 2015, he received the Lucas College Distinguished Alumni Award. He lives in Aptos with his wife, Pat.
Phillip R. “Phil” Boyce, '66 Business Administration
Phil Boyce is president of Boyce & Associates. He is on the Board of Directors of EDC Biosystems and the advisory board of Sandhill Capital. Boyce is a member of the SJSU College of Business Advisory Board. He lives in Saratoga and has a daughter, Sharon. Boyce is involved with a number of charitable entities, including the Valley Foundation, Silicon Valley Children’s Fund and the Hakone Foundation. Boyce received the Tower Award in 1997 and chaired the Heritage Gateway Campaign. In 2017, the university presented him with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Stephen “Steve” Caplan, '65 Industrial Management
Steve Caplan retired as president of KBM Office Furniture, a company he joined while a senior in college, and purchased in 1984. Since that time, the company has grown from a small, local dealership to a large company that does business throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Caplan and his wife, Cheryl, live in San Jose and Lake Tahoe. He has been involved with such organizations as The Health Trust, YMCA of Santa Clara Valley, KTEH and Rotary.
Dick Conniff was President/CEO of Focus Business Bank, a community-based bank opened in 2007 by Conniff and other investors. Previously he was President/COO of Heritage Commerce Corporation, a bank holding company. He is a member of the College of Business Advisory Board and former member of the Business Alumni Association as well as College of Business Distinguished Alumnus, 2003. He received his BS in Business from CSU Long Beach in 1969, and his MBA from San José State in 1987. His wife, Sandi, is one of the founders of the College of Business Alumni Association Speaker series.
Charles W. “Chuck” Davidson, '57 Civil Engineering
Chuck Davidson is president of Charles W. Davidson Company, as well as several other companies, all engaged in civil engineering and construction. He was awarded the College of Engineering Award of Distinction in 2001 and the Tower Award in 2004. An avid fan of Spartan Football, Davidson has attended nearly every game since 1952. He and his wife, Anita, '51, live in San Jose and have four children. Davidson has been a generous supporter of SJSU and, in March 2007, made the campus’ largest gift of $15 million to name the College of Engineering.
Dana C. Ditmore
After retiring from Applied Materials, Dana Ditmore became president of Oak Valley Consulting. He has held leadership roles in many companies, serving as president of Tru-Si Technologies, vice president of Lam Research, vice president of Applied Materials, and various senior positions with General Electric. Ditmore holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley, and graduated from the G.E. Advanced Engineering Training Program. He has served as chairman of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers and as chairman of the Industry Advisory Council for San Jose State's College of Engineering. Ditmore and his wife, Elaine, live in San Martin.
Leslie C. “Les” Francis, '65 Social Science
Les Francis is a senior executive with Washington Media Group, one of America’s most successful public affairs and issue advocacy firms. He is the former chief of staff to Representative and U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. He served as deputy assistant and deputy chief of staff to President Jimmy Carter. He is a former executive director of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Francis and his wife, Shari, live in Camino, CA and have three grown children.
Wanda Hendrix, '77 Sociology, '94 M.P.A.
Wanda Hendrix retired from East Bay Municipal Utilities District in 2013. A long-time supporter of the Spartan Foundation, Hendrix is also a member and past-president of the SJSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Hendrix lives in Milpitas and is involved with many organizations in the community.
James “Jim” Jimenez, B.S. Business/Industrial Management, '75 M.A. Education
Jim Jimenez is co-founder of Kelley Transportation Services and Bay Cities Leasing, which he sold to GE Capital Services in 1998. He lives with his wife, Margaret, in Los Altos and Pebble Beach. They have two sons, who both attended University of Southern California. Jimenez taught high school for four years, and then worked for several companies, including IBM, prior to founding Kelley Transportation.
Eric Kelly ’80 Business Management
Eric Kelly is CEO and Chairman of Sphere 3D. Previously, he served as CEO and President of Overland Storage and has served in executive roles for Silicon Valley Management Partners, Adaptec, Maxtor, Dell Computer, and IBM. Kelly served two terms on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Council, where he advised the Obama administration on strategy and policy to promote and advance U.S. manufacturing globally. He earned a B.S. in Business Management from San Jose State University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.
Jenny Ming, '78 Home Economics
In 2009, Jenny J. Ming was appointed President and CEO of Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc., a specialty retailer of apparel and accessories targeting young women. Ming joined Gap, Inc. in 1986, serving in various executive capacities, was a member of the executive team that launched Old Navy and later served as its President. Ming serves on the boards of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Barneys New York, the Museum of Chinese in America (New York) and is a member of the board for the Committee of 100. Ming received her Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics from San Jose State University. In 2012, the university presented her with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Constance B. Moore, '77 Business
With 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, Connie Moore served as president and CEO of BRE for 10 years before the company was acquired by Essex. In addition to an SJSU bachelor's degree, Moore holds an M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts' Board, the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics Policy Board Executive Committee, the Urban Land Institute, and the California Housing Council. Moore and her husband, Roger Greer, live in San Francisco.
Edward A. Oates, '68 Math/Computer Science
Edward Oates founded Oracle Corporation with Larry Ellison and Bob Miner. He served as Oracle’s vice president until he retired in 1994. Oates has been a strong supporter of and guest speaker in the College of Science. He is on the board of the San Francisco Zoological Society and plays guitar in a band with four friends, three of whom are SJSU alumni. Oates' mother is also a graduate of SJSU. He and his wife, Jennifer Hammer, live in Portola Valley and have three children.
Joe Pinto is Senior Vice President of Cisco's Technical Services Group. Pinto joined Cisco in 1991. Under Pinto's leadership, Cisco Services has received numerous industry honors. Pinto devotes his spare time to charitable organizations including Services for Brain Injury and Second Harvest Food Bank. He actively contributes to Cisco's Executive Sponsorship program for top tier customers, and Cisco customer and partner advisory boards. Pinto also participates in keynotes for industry events such as Walker Information and educational institutions. Pinto holds a bachelor's degree in business from Golden Gate University.
Gary D. Radine, '69 Public Relations
Gary Radine worked at Delta Dental for 37 years and retired as CEO in 2015. He still oversees Delta Dental of Puerto Rico and the Mexico affiliate Dentegra Seguros Dentales. He earned a bachelor's degree in public relations in 1969. He also has a master's degree in Applied Behavioral Science from California State University-Dominguez Hills and did postgraduate study at the University of Georgia and Stanford University. He has served on the board of Bay Area Council and in 2015 was named CEO of the Year by the American Cancer Society.
Jeff Ricci ‘86 Business Administration
Jeff Ricci is Senior Vice President and Controller at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Previously, Ricci served in various roles for BEA Systems, Alta Vista (which was purchased by Compaq), Tandem Computers and Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. Ricci holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.
Gary J. Sbona, '66 Business Administration
Gary Sbona is chairman/CEO of Regent Pacific Management Corporation, an international firm that specializes in the recovery and restructuring of under-performing companies. Sbona founded the company in 1974. He and his wife, Mary, live in San Francisco. Sbona is also a member of the KTEH Board of Trustees and an active participant in other community organizations.
Peter V. Ueberroth, '59 Business Administration Management
Best known for his roles as Major League Baseball commissioner and U.S. Olympic Committee director, Peter Ueberroth is the president of Contrarian Group, an investment and financial consulting firm. He is on the board of the Cancer Research Fund and is a life trustee of USC. Ueberroth holds honorary degrees from Notre Dame, Ohio University, Holy Cross, Lafayette and USC, and was Time Magazine Man of the Year in 1984. He and his wife, Virginia, '59, live in Laguna Beach.
David Weng, '83 M.S. Computer Science Engineering
David Weng is an angel investor, bringing start-up companies to successful IPOs and acquisitions. The general partner of InnoBridge Capital Management, Weng invests in early-stage high technology companies. Some of his more notable successes include the Netscreen Technologies IPO and its acquisition by Juniper Networks, and Protego Networks’ acquisition by Cisco. Previously, Weng served as engineering director in the Internet Technologies Division of Cisco. Before Cisco, he worked for Hewlett-Packard managing software development projects. Weng serves on the SJSU Engineering Leadership Council. In addition to his SJSU master's degree, he earned a bachelor's degree in international trade from Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan in 1979. He lives in San Jose.
Colleen B. Wilcox
Colleen Wilcox is a special education administrator who had leadership roles in Santa Clara County, Los Angeles, Tucson and Highland Park, Ill. She holds degrees in speech and hearing sciences from University of Iowa, University of Arizona and received her PhD from University of Southern California in educational administration. She retired from professional life in 2011 and turned her attention and energy to sculpting in bronze. Wilcox has served on the boards of such organizations as the American Cancer Society, Commonwealth Club of California, Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley, Horace Mann League, American Musical Theater, American Speech, Language and Hearing Foundation, Bellarmine College Preparatory, Children’s Discovery Museum and YMCA of Silicon Valley.
San José State University Members
Harriett Brown Arnold, '74 MA Education
Harriet Brown Arnold is a veteran educator and consultant to schools presently serving as Professor Emerita and Director of Early Childhood Development Projects in the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education at the University of the Pacific. Arnold serves as president of the SJSU Alumni Association. She earned a B.A. in Social Welfare from San Francisco State University, a Master’s in Education from California State University, San Jose and her Doctorate from the University of San Francisco. Her professional development projects have included training for the Ministry of Education in the Bahamas and coordinating the Sequoia Beginning Teacher Program.
Allison Briceño is the faculty representative on the Tower board. Briceño is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, where she coordinates the Bilingual Authorization Program for the Multiple Subject Teacher Credential Program & MA. Briceño teaches courses related to literacy, second language acquisition and multicultural education. Briceño received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from Stanford University and an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco. She was selected to be an English Learner Leadership Fellow with the California Association of Bilingual Educators.
Dave Donahue, ’69, ’71 Engineering
Dave Donahue is on the board through his role as the 2017-18 president of the Spartan Foundation. He is also on the SJSU Alumni Association Board through his role as president of the Santa Clara Valley chapter. A retired engineer, he has been actively involved with the chapter for decades. He and his wife, Cherie, are longtime Spartan Foundation boosters and attend as many SJSU Athletics events as possible. Cherie is also involved with the College of Education alumni group and serves as secretary for the chapter. They live in Santa Clara.
Stefan Frazier has served as Chair of the Academic Senate since May 2017. Frazier is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Language Development. Frazier has been active on leadership boards in regional and international organizations devoted to the teaching of English as a second language. A native of Texas and Germany, Frazier is a product of California public higher education, earning his Masters degree from San Francisco State University and his Ph.D. from UCLA.
Sergio Landaverde, a third-year Psychology major, serves as the student representative to the Tower Board. Landaverde works as a student caller in the SJSU Call Center, where he connects with alumni and friends of SJSU and seeks donations for the campus. Landaverde has also been involved in student fundraising efforts for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Autism Speaks and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Paul I. Lanning
Dr. Paul I. Lanning has served as vice president for University Advancement and CEO of the Tower Foundation since June 2015. Previously, Lanning was co-founder and managing partner of Ascend Partners Group, a consulting firm to California-based nonprofit organizations. Lanning earlier served as president and CEO of the Foundation for California Community Colleges and in various advancement roles at the University of the Pacific. Lanning holds a doctorate in education administration and leadership from the University of the Pacific, a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science from the University of California, San Diego.
Mary A. Papazian
Mary Papazian joined San Jose State University (SJSU) as its 30th president on July 1, 2016. A seasoned higher education leader with more than 25 years of teaching and administrative experience, Papazian served as president of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) from 2012 to 2016. Prior to that, Papazian was the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the Lehman College of The City University of New York (CCNY). Born and raised in Southern California, Papazian holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).