Leadership Team


Joanne Wright, J.D., Senior Associate Vice President, University Personnel

Senior Associate Vice President, University Personnel
Joanne M. Wright, J.D. - 408-924-2458

The Senior Associate Vice President provides strategic leadership for the department closely aligning with the goals of the Division of Organizational Development and the SJSU Strategic Plan. Providing excellence in customer service to faculty, staff, students and potential SJSU employees is the most effective way to help and care for those requiring services from University Personnel.


James Lee, PhD, Senior Director for Faculty Affairs

Senior Director for Faculty Affairs
James Lee, PhD - 408-924-5866

The Senior Director for Faculty Affairs oversees the office staff dedicated to ensure faculty success and advancement starting with recruitment and hiring through the retention, tenure and promotion process. The Senior Director works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to promote SJSU's commitment to continue to diversify the faculty.


Carrie Medders, Senior Director, University Personnel

Senior Director, University Personnel
Carrie Medders - 408-924-2280

The Senior Director of University personnel manages the Classification & Compensation, Recruiting & OnBoarding, Training & Special Events, and HR Information Systems units, ensuring effective workflow and processing related to all impacted areas. In addition, the Senior Director oversees the Compliance program for the University, including Conflict of Interest and MPP Outside Employment.


Julie Paisant, Senior Director, Office for Equal Opportunity & Employee Relations

Senior Director, Office for Equal Opportunity & Employee Relations
Julie Paisant - 408-924-2255

The Senior Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity and Employee Relations manages both units and ensures compliance with collective bargaining agreements and policies. The Senior Director is also responsible for investigating complaints and providing campuswide leadership related to equal opportunity and employee relations.


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Senior Director, Academic Employee Relations

The Senior Director of Academic Employee Relations administers the collective bargaining agreements for faculty (Unit 3) and academic student employees (Unit 11), providing advice and training for staff, department chairs and administrators on the agreements. The Senior Director investigates, hears, and prepares responses to grievances and interprets, develops, and disseminates policies related to academic personnel issues.


Anita Vasquez, Director, Benefits and Payroll

Director, Benefits and Payroll
Anita Vasquez - 408-924-2271

The Director of Benefits and Payroll manages all functions related to employee payroll and benefits, including leave programs and workers' compensation. The Director acts as a liaison with the State Controller's Office and the California Public Employees Retirement System.


 Patricia Rodriguez,Senior Manager, Employee Support Services

Senior Manager, Employee Support Services
Patricia Rodriguez - 408-924-4095

The Manager of Employee Support Services manages the staff responsible for processing personnel transactions for faculty, staff and students and maintaining personnel files. The Manager also oversees the Tuition Fee Waiver programs and works to ensure a positive and effective experience for visitors by managing customer services interactions.


Josh Etherington, Manager, Leave Programs and Worker's Compensation Manager

Leave Programs and Worker's Compensation Manager
Josh Etherington - 408-924-2155

The Leave Programs and Worker's Compensation Manager manages all leave processes on campus, including Workers' Compensation and return to work programs.