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.
Vincent J. Del Casino, Jr.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Vincent J. Del Casino, Jr., joined SJSU in July 2019, as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. He oversees the academic mission of the university. Del Casino previously served as senior vice provost and vice president for academic initiatives and student success as well as vice provost for Digital Learning and Student Engagement, associate president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and associate dean in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona. He is also a professor of geography and development. He earned a bachelor’s in international relations and east asian studies from Bucknell University, a master’s in geography from the University of Wisconsin and a doctoral degree in geography from the University of Kentucky.
Chief of Staff
Appointed in January 2019, Lisa Millora serves as chief of staff to President Papazian and draws upon a multitude of previous senior leadership roles at Santa Clara University and elsewhere. Most recently, she served at SCU as senior assistant provost for strategic initiatives and provost’s office relations. Her background includes significant research and policy experience and service as assistant dean in the SCU Office of Student Life. In her most recent position, Lisa was also responsible for advancing Santa Clara 2020, the university’s strategic plan. She earned master’s and doctoral degrees in education with a focus on higher education and organizational change from UCLA, along with a master’s degree in higher education administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College.
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 for Research and Innovation
Mohamed Abousalem joined SJSU in June 2019 as the university’s inaugural vice president for research and innovation. For three decades, he served in a variety of teaching, research and leadership positions, most recently serving as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California-Santa Cruz. His experience is far-reaching and includes positions in academia as well as the non-profit and industry sectors. As SJSU’s first VPRI, Mohamed leads the cultivation of a vibrant innovation culture, expansion of strategic research initiatives and partnerships, establishment of an office of innovation and further development of our research support infrastructure. He earned a B.S. in civil engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt; an M.S. and Ph.D. in geomatics engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada; and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Jeff Konya was appointed athletics director in June 2021. Konya comes to SJSU from Northeastern University in Boston, where he was a two-time Under Armour NACDA Athletics Director of the Year (2016-17, 2020-21) making him one of just four Athletic Directors in DI-AAA in the history of the award to earn AD of the Year twice in a four-year span. He also previously served as athletics director at Oakland University and California State University, Bakersfield. Konya received his juris doctorate with honors from the University of Iowa College of Law and earned a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University, where he was a member of the football team.
Vice President of Student Affairs
Patrick Day was appointed in July 2018 as vice president of student affairs and assumed his new position in August of that year. He served previously as vice president for student life at the University of the Pacific, where he led 120 staff members in 17 departments and administered a $30 million budget serving students in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree and training programs on three campuses. Previously, Patrick served in a series of student affairs roles at campuses including the University of Massachusetts, Boston; Temple University; Johnson C. Smith University; and Texas Tech University. He began his career as a student admission associate at Northwestern University, receiving a bachelor’s in education and social policy. In addition, he holds a master’s in higher education administration from Texas Tech.
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 José 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.