Kenneth Tagawa Associate Vice President (Interim)


Kenneth M. Tagawa has joined San Francisco State University as the Interim Associate Vice President for Human Resources. He will serve in this capacity for a six-month appointment. During his tenure, Ken will oversee all Human Resources departments, including Payroll, Benefits & Retirement, Labor & Employee Relations, and Talent Management and Compensation Solutions/Operations.

Ken received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado Boulder and went on to a long career in higher education. He was chief human resources officer for both the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Washington Tacoma. He also served as chief learning officer of the College and University Professional Association, collaborating with association members and nonprofit and government partners across the country. He went on to serve as vice president of the Association of American Universities HR Institute in New York City. In addition, he’s also worked with CSU San Bernardino, UC San Francisco and other universities.