Mary Papazian, a seasoned leader with more than 25 years of teaching and academic administrative experience, joined San Jose State University (SJSU) as its 29th president on July 1, 2016. Papazian is firmly committed to student success; open, transparent and inclusive leadership; fostering a culture of curiosity and discovery; and building enduring campus and community partnerships.
Papazian most recently served as president of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in New Haven, Conn. There, she demonstrated a singular focus on student success, establishing a task force in her first year as president to review practices and develop recommendations for change.
Born and raised in Southern California, Papazian holds a bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).