CSU Chancellor Names Sac State VP Interim President for San Jose State

Stephen Perez has been appointed interim president of San Jose State University, California State University officials said Monday.

Perez, currently vice president of academic affairs and professor of economics at Sacramento State, will take over as president at the San Jose campus on Jan. 3.

Current San Jose State President Mary Papazian will step down on Dec. 21. Papazian announced in October that she would resign at the end of the fall semester, following criticism of her handling of a sexual abuse case that resulted in a recent $1.6 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to victims.

San Jose state senior vice president for academic affairs Vincent J. Del Casino Jr. will oversee the campus during the transition period.
“Dr. Perez is a bold leader with a long-standing commitment to improving student achievement demonstrated through his many years of service at Sacramento State,” California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro said in a news release on Monday.

“I have met Provost Perez previously and congratulate him on his appointment,” said Papazian. “He has my full support, and together we will work toward a seamless transition that helps ensure that the mission of SJSU will continue to move forward.”
Perez's appointment will last a year. Cal state trustees will soon begin a nationwide search for a permanent president to lead San Jose State.



  1. Ms. Papazian turned her back to the students complaining about sexual abuse. I hope that new president will set an example for this county to follow. The school was helped when the DOJ forced public scrutiny.

    We live in a day and age where no complaint of sexual violence should be ignored.

    My own children are being sex trafficked in plain sight. Our county also needs to start waking up. When I report that my kids are being sexually abused, it should be met with assistance. Instead I am being prosecuted and forced into competency proceeding without any due process. A determination of mental incompetence was made without even using an assessment or my participation.

    I can’t believe that so many people would stand silent. This can happen to any parent or child in our county.


  2. It is the taxpayer who is funding all of this. People work hard for their money. No one expects the taxes that they pay to people to engage in activities that are detrimental to the community. The whole point to funding the government is to have it protect us and act on our interests.

    This is a dangerous precedent that will affect every single member of our community if it is allowed to continue.

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