President Papazian’s Message on Thousand Oaks

Dear Campus Community,

We learned this morning about another inexplicable mass shooting, this time in southern California. Though details continue to emerge, the news media has reported at least 12 deaths.

We also know that the shootings took place in Thousand Oaks, not far from a sister campus, CSU-Channel Islands. In fact, several other college campuses are in close proximity to where the incident took place and were likely impacted in some way by this latest act of indiscriminate violence.

There is a gut-wrenching feeling many of us experience when such events take place, particularly when we may have personal connections with the victims and those close to them. It seems like only yesterday that we mourned the loss of life in Pittsburgh and Kentucky after the recent shootings there.

The SJSU community grieves for those impacted by last night’s horrific events. We join our CSU-Channel Islands colleagues and peers, as well as others in the greater Thousand Oaks community, in solidarity, sadness, and mourning.

Again, I would remind everyone about the range of services we offer to students and employees who may feel weighed down by grief, fear, anxiety, anger, or isolation. Those services include counseling and psychological services, and support through our Employee Assistance Program.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and those close to you. Especially at times like this, it is important that we affirm our values for inclusion, equity, diversity, and basic safety for all of our campus communities.


Dr. Mary A. Papazian

New Vice President of Student Affairs Announced

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