Editor’s note: The following message was emailed to all students, faculty and staff on July 2, 2018.
Dear Members of the Campus Community,
I am pleased to announce that Patrick K. Day will be joining San Jose State as our next vice president of student affairs, effective August 16. Patrick comes to us from the University of the Pacific, where he currently serves as vice president for student life. For those who were unable to attend Patrick’s open forum during his June visit to SJSU, I would like to share more about him.
For the past five years, Patrick has served as UOP’s chief student affairs officer, leading 120 staff members in 17 departments and administering a $30 million budget serving students in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree and training programs on three campuses. During his tenure, UOP created a strategic plan for student success to improve educational attainment for all students, constructed a $40 million residence hall, fundraised $2.6 million for student life, and secured a $400,000 grant for a career development initiative.
Previously, Patrick served in a series of student affairs roles at campuses large and small, public and private, including the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he was the chief student affairs officer, Temple University, Johnson C. Smith University, and Texas Tech University. He began his career as a student admission associate at Northwestern University, where he received a bachelor’s in education and social policy. In addition, he holds a master’s in higher education administration from Texas Tech. Throughout his career, Patrick has been extensively involved in campus, community and professional organizations. I encourage you to review his CV to learn more.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our search committee, chaired by Associate Professor of Economics Colleen Haight. I would also like to thank Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Sharon Willey. Under her leadership, the division introduced many new services, including opening a series of student success centers and launching SJSU Cares, lending a hand to students in need of emergency financial, food, housing and medical assistance. Sharon will continue to serve in this capacity until Patrick’s arrival. Please join me in thanking Sharon and welcoming Patrick to campus.
Dr. Mary A. Papazian, President