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.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Andy Feinstein is the university’s chief academic officer. He oversees the leadership, budget and strategic direction of all academic departments and colleges, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and the SJSU Research Foundation. Feinstein arrived at SJSU in July 2013 as deputy provost. He served as interim provost from January to April 2014. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s in hotel administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University, where he held an academic computing fellowship.
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 Student Affairs
Reginald Blaylock leads all efforts to support student success, 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 June 2015, Blaylock holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration and a doctoral degree in educational leadership, with an emphasis on postsecondary education, all from San Diego State University. Previous to SJSU, Blaylock worked at San Diego State for 27 years.
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.
Gene Bleymaier spearheads all internal and external operations for SJSU’s 20 NCAA Division I sports. Appointed in May 2012, he led the university’s transition into the Mountain West Conference, added four sports, and produced a master plan to redevelop and renovate SJSU’s athletic facilities. Bleymaier earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at UCLA, where he played football for the legendary coach Dick Vermeil, an SJSU alumnus. After graduating from Loyola Law School, he returned to his hometown to serve as athletics director for close to three decades at Boise State, where he transformed the football team into a top-10 team.