Patrick Day
California State University Representative Governor Appointee

Commissioner Patrick Day

Patrick Day currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at San José State University where he is responsible for units focused on co-curricular learning, enrollment management, and a critical array of student services.  Prior to joining SJSU in 2018, his career in higher education spanned 25 years and took him to a diverse set of institutions across the United States.  Most recently, he served as the Vice President for Student Life at University of the Pacific, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Day also served as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Temple University, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students at Johnson C. Smith University, and Assistant Dean of Students at Texas Tech University.  He attributes the beginning of his career to his time as a student assistant in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at his alma mater, Northwestern University.

Day earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University, Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University and is completing his Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania

Patrick is deeply committed to the provision of transformational higher education for students from every zip code.

His work as an administrator, nonprofit board member and board chair, mentor, and professional association leader have all contributed to his journey to find successful pathways for every student.