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Graduation Initiative

2020-2021 Graduation Initiative Advisory Team

Executive Leadership
Debra S. Larson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Sandy Parsons-Ellis, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Co-Chairs (selected from committee membership)
Provost’s Designee (2020-2021: Kate McCarthy, Dean of Undergraduate Education)
Vice President for Student Affairs’ Designee (2020-2021: Kaitlyn Baumgartner Lee, Assistant Vice President for University Advisement)


Academic Leadership
Daniel Grassian, Vice Provost for Academic Programs
Kate McCarthy, Dean, Undergraduate Education (Co-Chair)
Elizabeth "Betsy" Boyd, Chair of the Academic Senate

Enrollment Management and Business Processes
Michael Allen, University Registrar
Kaitlyn Baumgartner Lee, Assistant Vice President for University Advisement
Dan Reed, Director, Financial Aid and Scholarships
Anna Magaña, Director, 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
Kate McCarthy, Dean, Undergraduate Education

Faculty (appointed by college chairs)
Eric Houk, College of Agriculture
Darin Haerle, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Mitch Casselman, College of Business
(vacant), College of Communication and Education
Zahrasalat Alavi, 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
Connie Huyck, Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students/Executive Director, University Housing
Mary Wallmark, Director, Student Life and Leadership
Shawn Ryan, Program Coordinator, Orientation and New Student Programs, Student Life and Leadership

Academic Support and Innovation
Kendall Leon, Director, First-Year Experience program
Chiara Ferrari, Director, Faculty Development
Dawn Frank, Director, Student Learning Center
Cecilia Santillan-Robles, Director, Early Outreach and Support Programs
Jessica Dietrich, REACH Program Coordinator

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

Jennifer Mays, Executive Director, Budget and Academic Resources

Two Students (appointed by VPSA)
Caitlin Morris
Andrea Thao

Administrative Support
Kathleen Gentry, Administrative Analyst/Specialist, 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 nine members: the Advisory Team co-chairs, the Academic Senate Chair, the Director of Faculty Development, two additional representatives from Student Affairs, and one additional representative from Academic Affairs, and two students.

The 2020-2021 Steering Committee is comprised of Kate McCarthy, Kaitlyn Baumgartner Lee, Betsy Boyd, Chiara Ferrari, Michael Allen, Dawn Frank, Tom Rosenow, Caitlin Morris, and Andrea Thao.

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)