Division of Student Affairs

Meet the Vice President for Student Affairs

Sandy Parsons-Ellis serves as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, where she oversees University Housing, Student Conduct, Rights & Responsibilities, the Career Center and Student Employment, Student Life and Leadership, Intercollegiate Athletics, and Student Health Services and its partners: the Counseling and Wellness Center, Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center, and Safe Place. She also oversees Associated Students, the Accessibility Resource Center, Early Outreach and Support Programs, Basic Needs Initiatives, Off-Campus Student Services, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and Enrollment Management Services, including Financial Aid & Scholarships, Office of the Registrar, Office of Admissions, and Academic Advising.

Sandy joined Chico State in June of 2006 as the Director of Accessibility Resource Center.  In July 2011, Sandy was appointed as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator and became responsible for overall University compliance with the ADA and Fair Employment and Housing Act.  In October 2015, she was assigned the additional responsibility of Director of Student Judicial Affairs, now Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities and became the Chair of the Campus Assessment, Response and Education (CARE) Team.  With her growing responsibilities, she became the Dean of Students in 2016 and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs in 2018.

In each of her roles, Sandy has developed infrastructure and protocols that improves services to students, staff and faculty while maintaining and ensuring compliance with various system, state and federal laws and policies.  Sandy earned her MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University and her BS in Psychology and Behavioral Science from San Jose State University.