Claremont, Calif. (May 10, 2017)—Pitzer College names Sandra Vasquez as the new assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Vasquez will begin her position on July 17, 2017.
“I am truly honored and excited about this opportunity to work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to advance student success initiatives at Pitzer,” Vasquez said.
Vasquez currently serves as the associate dean of students and director of judicial affairs at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Prior to UCSB, she served as the inaugural associate dean of students, director of student conduct and ethical development, and chair of the Campus Assessment Response and Education Team at California State University, San Bernardino. She has also held administrative positions at the University of Arkansas and the University of Southern California.
“Dr. Vasquez made a strong impression on our community. She will be a great leader in the Office of Student Affairs and an asset for the entire Pitzer community,” said Brian Carlisle, vice president for student affairs and chair of the search committee.
Vasquez was selected following an extensive national search led by a committee comprised of Pitzer students, faculty and staff. She and other finalists were brought to campus, where they made community presentations and met with members of the diversity committee, student leaders and student affairs staff.
Vasquez earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California State University, Northridge, a master’s degree in higher education leadership from the University of Arkansas and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from the University of Southern California. She is also a graduate of the Management Development Program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators recognized her as the Region IV-West Outstanding New Professional of the Year, and she is a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar.
Pitzer College is a nationally top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility and community involvement. For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu.