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Graduation Initiative

2019-20 Graduation Initiative Advisory Team

Executive Leadership
Debra S. Larson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Sandy Parsons-Ellis, Acting Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students

Co-Chairs (selected from committee membership)
Provost’s Designee (2019-2020: Kate McCarthy, Dean of Undergraduate Education)
Vice President for Student Affairs’ Designee (2019-2020: Chela Mendoza Patterson, AVP for Student Life, Acting Chief Diversity Officer)


Academic Leadership
Daniel Grassian, Vice Provost for Academic Programs
Kate McCarthy, Dean, Undergraduate Education (Co-Chair)
Chiara Ferrari, Chair of the Academic Senate

Enrollment Management and Business Processes
Barbara Fortin, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Kaitlyn Baumgartner Lee, Assistant Vice President for University Advisement
Dan Reed, Director, Financial Aid and Scholarships
Anna Magaña, Director of Student Financial Services

University Diversity Committee (selected by the University Diversity Committee, two members, may serve as both the UDC rep and in another role on the Team)
Teresita Curiel, Director, Latinx Equity and Success, Dream Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Chela Mendoza Patterson, Associate Vice President for Student Life, Acting Chief Diversity Officer

Faculty (appointed by college chairs)
Betsy Boyd, College of Agriculture
Darin Haerle, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Mitch Casselman, College of Business
Deborah Summers, College of Communication and Education
Ben Juliano, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
Erin Kelly, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Jeff Bell, College of Natural Sciences
William Cuthbertson, Meriam Library

Academic Dean (appointed by the Provost)
Eddie Vela, Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Student Life
Chela Mendoza Patterson, Associate Vice President for Student Life, Acting Chief Diversity Officer
Sandy Parsons-Ellis, Acting Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students
Mary Wallmark, Director, Student Life and Leadership or designee
Shawn Ryan, Program Coordinator for Orientation and New Student Programs, Student Life and Leadership

Academic Support and Innovation
Ellie Ertle, Director, First-Year Experience program
Josh Trout, Director of Faculty Development
Dawn Frank, Associate Director, Student Learning Center
Cecilia Santillan-Robles, Director, Early Outreach and Support Programs
Gary McMahon, Director, Chico Student Success Center or designee

Data and Institutional Research
Andy Miller, Associate Vice Provost for Information Resources
Thomas Rosenow, Interim Director of Institutional Research

Jennifer Mays, Interim Associate Vice Provost for Budget and Academic Resources

Two Students (appointed by VPSA)
Damian Arceo
Leanne Woods

Administrative Support
Natalie Valenzuela, Administrative Support Assistant, Undergraduate Education

Steering Committee

A Steering Committee shall be established from the membership of the GI Advisory Team. The Steering Committee shall be comprised of seven members and shall include the GI Advisory Team co-chairs; two faculty members, one of whom shall be a member of the University Budget Committee; two additional representatives from Student Affairs; and one additional representative from Academic Affairs.

The 2019-20 Steering Committee is comprised of Kate McCarthy, Chela Mendoza Patterson, Chiara Ferrari, Kaitlyn Baumgartner Lee, Barbara Fortin, Ben Juliano and Ellie Ertle.

Members of the Steering Committee shall serve two-year terms. The Steering Committee sets meeting agendas based on the Team’s review of the campus plan and relevant data. The Steering Committee also makes recommendations for the strategic allocation of GI 2025 resources. See the “Resource Allocation” page for more information.

Work Groups

Subcommittees, working groups, and task forces may be formed as needed to accomplish specific goals. Active work groups can be seen here.(opens in new window)