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Andy Feinstein

Andy Feinstein

President

Biography

Andrew (Andy) Hale Feinstein, Ph.D., has been named as the sole finalist for the presidency at the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at San José State University (SJSU), one of the largest public universities in the western United States, the founding campus of the nation’s largest comprehensive university system, and the top supplier of graduates to Silicon Valley. As SJSU’s chief academic officer since 2014, Feinstein oversees 154 degree programs and supports more than 35,000 students, 1,900 faculty and 550 staff and administrators in seven academic colleges.

During his tenure at SJSU, Feinstein has worked collaboratively with the leadership in Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to create a comprehensive student success plan that is guiding efforts to increase graduation rates and enhance academic excellence for all students. He co-created the office of Student and Faculty Success and the office for Transition and Retention Services to lead cross-divisional student success initiatives; supported the creation of advising and mentoring hubs in all colleges; and earmarked $26 million for efforts aimed at improving graduation and retention rates.

At one of the nation’s most ethnically and racially diverse public universities, Feinstein has served as cochair for the President’s Commission on Diversity, helped lead and create student success initiatives in support of numerous underserved student populations and was instrumental in the creation of SJSU’s first-ever Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

In his fifth year as a senior academic leader, Feinstein heads a multi-dimensional international and continuing education enterprise that generates $34 million in annual revenue, oversees the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library—the nation’s first library established through a university-city partnership—and provides oversight for graduate education and research activity at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, a nationally-recognized center for the study of marine and coastal science. Additionally, he manages a $220M divisional budget and heads the SJSU Research Foundation, a research auxiliary with a $230 million active research grant portfolio generating $50 million in research-related expenditures annually.

As a scholar, Feinstein has published more than 30 refereed journal articles, numerous books and book chapters, and presented at dozens of meetings and conferences on such topics as student success, strategic management, simulation modeling and foodservice operations. While dedicated to his own scholarly pursuits, he is also engaged in ways to enhance student success and was a recent recipient of a $3M grant from the U.S. Department of Education supporting the development and assessment of STEM-focused active learning strategies.

Prior to joining SJSU in July of 2013, Feinstein was Dean of the Collins College of Hospitality Management and the James A. Collins Distinguished Chair and Professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. While dean, Feinstein also served as the chancellor-appointed Director of Hospitality Management Education for the entire California State University system.

Feinstein joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1999 as an assistant professor, was promoted to full professor in 2007, and served as Chair of the Department of Food and Beverage management and then Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the Harrah Hotel College, and as Senior Advisor to the President. Feinstein earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. He has been married to his wife, Kerry, for 22 years and they have two children, Nicholas and Rachel.