President Mary A. Papazian walking and talking with students on campus.

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.”

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President Papazian with students

The Latest from President Papazian's Blog

As I prepare to speak at my final Commencement ceremonies in December before stepping down from my role as president at San José State at the end of the year, I would like to reflect on Transformation 2030 and the incredible progress we have made in making this a living, breathing, actionable strategic plan.

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The President's Story

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.

Women and Leadership

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 Strong Supporter of Community

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.


SJSU graduates cheering at Avaya stadium.

Transformation 2030: SJSU’s Strategic Plan

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.

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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.

Student studying with police vehicles in the background.

Task Force on Community Safety and Policing

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.


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.