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New Dean of Students Named

June 7, 2013; updated July 15, 2013

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Tonantzin Oseguera has been named the new dean of students at Cal State Fullerton

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Tonantzin Oseguera, assistant dean of students at UC Riverside, has been selected as the new dean of students for Cal State Fullerton. She will begin her new duties today, July 15.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Oseguera to the Titan family," said Berenecea Johnson Eanes, vice president for student affairs. "The dean of students is a key partner in the education of our students. Since my arrival, I have been impressed with the strong community on campus, and our new dean will ensure that our students feel the same way. The mission of the dean is to ensure students have an engaging and fulfilling experience on campus."

Oseguera has served in student affairs administration, advising student government, evolving campus activities and developing student leadership programs for more than 12 years. While at UC Riverside, she was responsible for managing student organizations, guiding the Associated Student Program Board and the Fraternity Sorority Involvement Center, as well as campus orientation and first-year programs. Her responsibilities also included athletics student fan engagement and supporting campus spirit and traditions.

Prior to her post at UC Riverside, Oseguera was director of student activities and leadership programs at Portland State University. She also spent time as associate director of leadership education and activities at Chapman University.

"Dr. Oseguera will be a part of our new student engagement cluster. She will work closely with faculty and staff across campus to constantly improve the student experience," said Lea Jarnagin, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

"I have been overwhelmed by the positivity I have already experienced as I have been welcomed into the Titan family," Oseguera said. "I look forward to serving with distinction and being an advocate for student success."

Oseguera earned her doctorate in higher education at USC. She has a master's degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of Vermont and a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies with an emphasis in gerontology. Her research focuses on underrepresented students and underserved populations.

She is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and chairs its Gwen Dungy Summer Leadership Institute. Additionally, Oseguera serves as a member of the organization's Undergraduate Fellows Board and chairs the national Latino Knowledge Community Committee.

Oseguera's appointment was made following a national search; the 10-member search committee was chaired by Joe Arnold, dean of the College of the Arts.

By: Valerie Orleans, 657-278-4540

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