University Leadership

President Robert S. Nelsen and Cabinet

Dr. Robert S. Nelsen became Sacramento State’s eighth permanent president on July 1, 2015. Before coming to Sacramento State, he served for five years as president of the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg. His experience in public higher education spans nearly three decades, including service as a professor, vice provost, and director of creative writing. He spent most of the past 25 years in the University of Texas system, most recently as a special advisor to the executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Nelsen earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Brigham Young University and his doctorate from the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought.  Read More

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Lisa Cardoza

Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff supports the President in leading an effective management team. She facilitates communication and interaction among the President, the President’s Office, and various internal and external constituencies, including members of the CSU Board of Trustees; city government leaders, state legislators and congressional representatives; and donors.

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Cely Smart

Special Assistant to the Office of the President

The Special Assistant acts as second in command in the President’s Office, managing day-to-day operations and supervising Presidential Aides. She serves as an advisor to the President and the Cabinet on presidential communications. She is responsible for the drafting, coordination, direction, and messaging of communications on behalf of the President, as well as presidential priorities.

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James “Jim” Dragna

Executive Director of University Initiatives and Student Success

The Executive Director is charged with facilitation and program assessment, and making recommendations on campus graduation initiatives and student programs. He ensures that all University initiatives and student programs are in alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan of enhancing student learning and success, and the system-wide Graduation Initiative.

Senior Leadership

Academic Affairs

Ming-Tung "Mike" Lee

Interim Provost and Vice President

Academic Affairs is responsible for the academic success of all Sacramento State students. Its current mission includes reforming curriculum for the 21st century and adapting to new methods of delivering that curriculum.

Administration and Business Affairs

Ali Izadian

Interim Vice President for Administration

Stacy Hayano

Interim Chief Financial Officer

The division’s responsibilities include business, facilities, financial, logistical, and safety services for the campus, as well as construction oversight, the campus Master Plan, energy conservation, and campus-wide sustainability efforts.

Information Resources and Technology

Larry Gilbert

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

IRT supports the University’s strategic initiatives through the seamless integration of information technology into all appropriate campus functions. IRT is a customer service unit working to foster excellence in teaching and learning, and to improve campus communications.

Public Affairs and Advocacy

Phil Garcia

Vice President

Public Affairs and Advocacy serves as the official voice of Sacramento State and is responsible for University-wide media relations, public relations and marketing, as well as government relations at the local, state, and federal levels.

Human Resources

Christine D. Lovely

Vice President

HR ensures that Sacramento State attracts, develops, engages, and retains a quality workforce that supports the University’s mission. Its two main units are Employee Services, and Labor Relations and Compliance.

Student Affairs

Ed Mills

Vice President

The division helps to plan and manage enrollment; recruit, retain, and graduate students; foster a lifelong affinity for Sacramento State; and maintain and enhance the University’s commitment to access, diversity, and the success of its students.

University Advancement

Vince Sales

Vice President

The office helps the University by fostering understanding, building public trust and support, and creating an atmosphere conducive to generating gifts from private sources. Its responsibilities include alumni affairs and charitable gifts, as well as the establishment and management of partnerships with a wide variety of regional groups.

University Counsel

Jill Peterson

The University Counsel supports Sacramento State's mission by providing legal advice to its various programs and divisions. The office also manages and coordinates all legal services for Sacramento State.

University Enterprises Inc.

Jim Reinhart

Executive Director

UEI is Sacramento State’s commercial-services auxiliary. More than $91 million in annual revenue comes from grants and contracts for such services as dining, student intern programs, off-campus student housing, and bookstore commissions.

Learn about Sac State’s future

Sacramento State is positioned for a bright future with the approval of its Campus Master Plan, which details the physical improvements to be made over the next 20 years; and the Strategic Plan, which shapes the University’s mission, vision, values, and strategic direction through 2020.