John Papazoglou

Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

John PapazoglouJohn Papazoglou serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. He oversees the non-academic units that interact most frequently with students and guests on campus, including housing, retail operations, catering, and the commissary. He also provides oversight for the Minnowbrook Conference Center, the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center, and Drumlins Country Club. He works closely with other senior-level officers and directors in the development of objectives, new programs, goals, forecasts, and plans and budgets, as well as long-term and short-term planning of the University’s strategic, capital, and operational plans. 

Prior to joining the University, Papazoglou served as Associate Vice President of Auxiliary and Business Services at Penn State University, where he oversaw multiple administrative units including housing and food services, the Bryce Jordan Center (a multi-use facility for academic programs and entertainment and sports events), hospitality services, transportation services, a multimedia and print center, campus mail, and the University Park Airport. He also served as the primary liaison for the Penn State Bookstore contract and the university’s pouring rights contract. 

Prior to his career in higher education, Papazoglou worked for Aramark, where he oversaw hospitality operations at eight hospitals at the largest nonprofit health care system in Texas and served as general manager of a wedding venue in Dallas. Papazoglou also worked for Delaware North Companies in a variety of roles, including general manager of Richmond International Airport in Virginia. 

Papazoglou earned a master of public administration from the University of Texas at Tyler and a bachelor of science in business and economics from Lehigh University.