Mary Papazian joined SJSU on July 1, 2016. A seasoned higher education leader with more than 25 years of teaching and administrative experience, Papazian served as president of Southern Connecticut State University from 2012 to 2016. Prior to her tenure at SCSU, Papazian was the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the Lehman College of The City University of New York. Born and raised in Southern California, Papazian holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Vice President of Administration and Finance
As chief financial officer, Charlie Faas leads SJSU’s financial, administrative and business functions. This includes Finance, Facilities Development & Operations, Human Resources, the University Police Department, and Spartan Shops. Faas arrived at SJSU in June 2016. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Siena College and participated in the executive education program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. A seasoned professional, he has served as executive vice president and CFO for Sharks Sports & Entertainment and CEO of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano. In addition, he has held senior roles with numerous entities in Silicon Valley and New York, including IBM.
Vice President of University Advancement
Paul Lanning leads external relations for the university, including fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications and the Tower Foundation (an auxiliary that manages all private giving). Previous to his appointment in June 2015, Lanning served as president and CEO of the Foundation for California Community Colleges and managing partner and co-founder of the consulting firm Ascend Partners Group. He holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of California, San Diego, a master’s in sports management from the University of Massachusetts, and a doctoral degree in education administration and leadership from the University of the Pacific.
Chief of Staff/Vice President for Organizational Development
As chief of staff and vice president for organizational development, Jaye Bailey plays two roles. She leads efforts to coordinate presidential initiatives. In addition, she ensures SJSU consistently interprets and applies employment policies and practices for faculty and staff members and for administrators. She previously served in a similar role at Southern Connecticut State University, and has worked extensively at the federal, state and local levels in administrative law. Appointed in October 2016, Bailey holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Rhode Island and a law degree from the University of Connecticut.
Marie Tuite was appointed athletics director in May 2017. Tuite arrived at SJSU in 2010, and most recently served as deputy director of athletics for internal operations, supervising student services, compliance and business affairs. Her accomplishments include leading San Jose State’s efforts to join the Mountain West conference. Tuite holds a bachelor’s in physical education and master’s in athletics administration from Central Michigan University, where she played field hockey and basketball. In 1990, she became the third female inductee into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
Interim Vice President of Student Affairs
Sharon Willey leads all efforts to support student success outside the classroom, from pre-admissions through graduation and beyond. This includes admissions, registration, financial aid, clubs, fraternities and sororities, housing, student conduct, student health, the Career Center, the Student Union and the Associated Students of SJSU (student government). Appointed in October 2017, Willey previously served as associate vice president for enrollment services. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology from UC Davis, a master’s in higher education and student affairs from Bowling Green State University and a doctoral degree from the University of San Francisco.
Chief Diversity Officer
Kathleen Wong(Lau) leads the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, providing vision and direction for university-wide efforts to ensure a welcoming, safe climate for every member of our community. In addition, she oversees the university’s Title IX office. Appointed in in 2016, Wong(Lau) holds a bachelor’s in speech communication from CSU Hayward (now CSU East Bay) and a dual master’s and doctoral degree in communication with an intercultural concentration at Arizona State University.Her father was a paper son who took Wong as his surname for immigration purposes. Lau was his birth name. Wong(Lau) uses both to honor her family’s history.
Bob H. Lim
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Appointed in 2017, Bob H. Lim brings to San Jose State significant expertise in all aspects of planning, implementing and sustaining enterprise-level information technology and computing services; and a strong track record of utilizing technology in the service of students, faculty and the wider university community. He previously served as chief information officer for the University of Kansas, the University of Texas-Pan American, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He holds a bachelor’s in international business from San Francisco State University and an M.B.A. from St. Mary’s College.