Editor’s note: The following message was emailed to all students, faculty and staff on April 10, 2018.

Dear Campus Community,

It is with mixed emotions that I write to share with you the news that the University of Northern Colorado has announced today that it has selected SJSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Andrew Hale Feinstein as its next president, effective July 9. Please join me in congratulating Andy on his new appointment. He will remain with SJSU through the end of the academic year.

Andy first arrived at San Jose State as deputy provost in 2013. Following a national search, he was appointed to serve as provost in April 2014. Andy accepted these roles during a time of transition, when the university was working toward ending a long-time structural budget deficit, making substantial improvements to retention and graduation rates, and addressing concerns about diversity and inclusion. Working in collaboration with colleagues in every division and throughout the greater community, he helped develop a number of effective plans, positions and offices. He currently co-chairs the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the Comprehensive Campaign Committee.

As provost and senior vice president, Andy worked within his own division of Academic Affairs to help create and implement many innovative programs and initiatives that brought more than 250 new tenure-track faculty members to San Jose State, elevated an emphasis on and financial support for research, scholarship and creative activity, and made significant progress with plans for an Interdisciplinary Science Building to be constructed near Duncan Hall. In addition, he led the re-affirmation of the university’s accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

With advanced degrees in hospitality management, Andy has been constantly engaged in campus activities and life, supporting our faculty, staff and students on every level. Andy’s commitment to shared governance and collaboration with colleagues across all divisions will be sorely missed.

Again, please join me in congratulating Andy. Upon formal confirmation of Andy’s appointment as president of UNC, I will communicate with the campus about next steps in our search for a successor.


Mary A. Papazian, President