Leading the Transformation
President Papazian’s leadership is defined by a belief that shared decision making and collaborative university governance is at the core of our culture. With this inclusive approach as a guide, she and SJSU’s leadership promote discussion and engagement among faculty, staff, students and the community to shape and accomplish the university’s goals. “It has been so refreshing to see just how many people on campus and in the community share our values and are eager to be part of a greater good,” says President Papazian. “That is the tone we set as leaders, and the kind of individuals I look for when building a team.”
Meet the President
While the pandemic these past 18 months has been fraught with many challenges for institutions such as ours, a silver lining of sorts at San José State has been the incredible success of our digital platforms. Specifically, the SJSU technology team was critical to our ability to pivot to a virtual environment when we suddenly needed to do so.
President Papazian is a seasoned academic leader who brings an impressive portfolio of achievement and success to her position. In this Q&A featured in SJSU’s Washington Square, learn more about her background, influences, upbringing and the signature events in her life that helped shape her as a leader and person.
President Papazian is featured in a series of profiles on CSU's inspiring women leaders. Learn how she is leaving her mark at SJSU and influencing a new generation of trailblazers.
A recent video, produced for the East Side Union High School Foundation to honor her work with the Spartan East Side Promise, explores President Papazian's campus leadership and demonstrates her commitment to our community.
San Jose State is ready for big changes. Our faculty, staff and administrators are dedicated to realizing the university's potential as a nationally prominent urban public university.
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 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.
SJSU’s Task Force on Community Safety and Policing was created by President Papazian as part of SJSU’s commitment to examine and begin to address systemic racism.
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.