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Continuing the Transformation

Dr. Stephen Perez was appointed Interim President of San José State University on November 22, 2021, and assumed the presidency on January 3, 2022. Dr. Perez now leads the oldest public university in the west, the founding campus of the California State University system, and Silicon Valley’s only public university. He is expected to continue guiding SJSU along the upward trajectory it has experienced in recent years. “I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get started on supporting our mission, our students, each other and our region,” says Dr. Perez.

Two graduating students pose in their regalia.

“It's a privilege serving SJSU's incredible students, and I'm eager to get to know them and explore how we can provide the best education experience possible."

—Interim President Steve Perez

Meet the President

Stephen Perez, Interim President.

Messages from Steve

During my time here at SJSU, one of the things that I have been most impressed with is the willingness of our students, faculty and staff to help each other. I share that same spirit, and one of my key goals as Interim President is to ensure that we are serving our students in the best ways possible, particularly their basic needs, and especially their need for housing security.

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Freedom of Speech

San José State University believes that freedom of expression is a cornerstone of a diverse democracy and essential to the educational process. The university shall ensure that individuals and groups are afforded wide latitude in exercising the right of free expression and that their constitutionally protected right to free expression is protected while on campus.

The California State Capitol building.

Community and Government Relations

The Community and Government Relations (CGR) Team serves San José State University by creating and strengthening strategic relationships and partnerships with local, state, and federal elected officials and agencies.

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Task Force on Community Safety and Policing

SJSU’s Task Force on Community Safety and Policing was created as part of SJSU’s commitment to examine and begin to address systemic racism.


Presidential directives and memos address campus/university policies, issues and various topics.


The SJSU Academic Senate is the principal agency for the formulation of University policy. The Senate and its committees communicate recommendations to the President on such matters that are relevant to the welfare of SJSU.