• Recent hate incidents on campus and elsewhere
    These are troubling times in which we live. Rarely does a month go by, it seems, without another community in the U.S. or abroad being ripped apart by a mass shooting, a hate crime or a tragic incident of some sort. These events have become too familiar, and sadly, they may continue.
  • Welcome back!
    I am delighted to welcome each of you back to campus! You will feel the energy and excitement that ripples through campus as you walk around, settle in and prepare for classes. It is palpable!
  • President Papazian's message on Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting
    The San Jose State community and I once again are filled with heartache and mourning as we share in the pain, sadness and outrage of another horrific tragedy that has hit so close to home for many of us.
  • Civic responsibility is a vital part of our academic mission
    What a busy but productive summer it has been thus far! My recent travel schedule has led to a brief pause in my blogging schedule, but I am looking forward to a full resumption as we approach next month’s Fall Welcome and the start of the new academic season.
  • SJSU’s faculty members show us all how to “excel and lead”
    One of my overarching goals since becoming San Jose State’s president in 2016 has been to help establish SJSU as one of the nation’s premier public urban higher education institutions, a university dedicated to its core mission of creating opportunity for all students, regardless of their origins or socio-economic status. This commitment to excellence, aspiration and opportunity is reflected in Goal 2 of our newly-unveiled strategic plan, Transformation 2030, which is articulated as “Excel and Lead.”