Leadership Team


Joanne M. Wright, J.D.

Michael Kimbarow

Carrie Medders

Julie Paisant

Anita Vasquez

Carwin Liang


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.

Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs
Michael Kimbarow, Ph.D - 408.924.3691

The AVP for Faculty Affairs (AVPFA) oversees the office staff dedicated to ensure faculty success and advancement starting with recruitment and hiring through the retention, tenure and promotion process. The AVPFA supports faculty entering the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) and eventually to retirement. The AVP for Faculty Affairs works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to promote SJSU's commitment to continue to diversify the faculty.

Senior Director
Carrie Medders - 408.924.2280

The Senior Director 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.

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.

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.

Manager, Benefits and Payroll
Anita Vasquez - 408.924.2271

The Manager of Benefits and Payroll manages all functions related to employee payroll and benefits, including acting as a liaison with the State Controller's Office and the California Public Employees Retirement System.


Manager, Employee & Labor Relations
Carwin Liang - 408.924.2141

The Manager of Employee and Labor Relations works closely with diverse labor unions to ensure the employer-employee relationship is collaborative and collegial while ensuring compliance with respective collective bargaining agreements. Additionally, the Manager is responsible for advising management on personnel matters and investigates complaints related to employee relations or policy violations.

Manager, Employee Support Services
Patricia Rodriguez - 408.924.4095

The Manager of Employee Support Services manages the Employee Services staff responsible for processing personnel transactions for faculty, staff and students, maintaining personnel files, and ensuring immigration laws are followed. 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.

Manager, Faculty Affairs Operations
Florence Tu - 408.924.2453

The Manager of Faculty Affairs Operations oversees day to day operations of the functions related to faculty recruitment and retention, as well as all processes related to academic student employees and temporary faculty. The Manager also works to ensure a positive and effective experience for visitors by managing customer services interactions.