President Papazian will highlight the unique working relationship that the people of both San José State and the city of San José have built together, and discuss the ways in which the university and the city could expand that relationship for the benefit of all San José community members.
Dr. Mary A. Papazian, a seasoned leader with more than 25 years of teaching and administrative experience, joined San Jose State University (SJSU) as its president on July 1, 2016. The founding campus in the California State University system, SJSU serves nearly 35,000 students and is the only public university in the Silicon Valley.
Prior to joining SJSU, Papazian served as president of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in New Haven, Conn., provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Lehman College of The City University of New York (CUNY), dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University in New Jersey, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Science at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Papazian began her career at Oakland University, where she was an assistant, associate and tenured professor of English.
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). Her scholarship focuses on Renaissance and early 17th century English literature with a special emphasis on the works of John Donne and John Milton. She is a graduate of the Holy Martyrs Ferrahian Armenian High School in Encino, CA, and recently was awarded the Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Medal by His Holiness Catholicos Karekin II. Papazian and her husband Dennis R. Papazian, founding director of the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, long have been active members of the Armenian community. They have two daughters, Ani (23) and Marie (18).