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University Welcomes New Administrators, Department Chairs

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Kicking off the fall semester, Cal State Fullerton welcomes several new administrators and department chairs, including:

Carolyn C. Thomas, provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 15

Tonantzin Oseguera, vice president for student affairs, effective July 1

Elizabeth Zavala-Acevez, associate vice president for student affairs, effective July 1

Elaine Frey, assistant vice president for graduate studies, effective July 1

Erica Bowers, reappointed director of the Faculty Development Center for a three-year term and director of the Academic Technology Center for a 1.5-year term, both effective July 1

Shelly Wynants, reappointed director of the Department of Online Education and Training for a three-year term, effective July 1

Department Chairs

The following are new and reappointed department chairs, effective Aug. 17 for three-year terms unless otherwise noted:

  • Rahul Bhaskar, chair of information systems and decision sciences
  • Melinda Blackman, chair of psychology
  • Leah Brew, reappointed chair of counseling
  • Merri Lynn Casem, reappointed chair of biological science for the fall semester, effective July 1
  • Jennifer Chandler, chair of management
  • Mark Drayse, reappointed chair of geography and the environment
  • Markus Fischer, reappointed chair of liberal studies for the fall semester
  • Natalie Graham, acting chair of African American studies for a one-year term
  • Neil Granitz, chair of marketing
  • Garrett Hart, reappointed chair of cinema and television arts
  • Emily Lee, chair of philosophy
  • Weili Lu, chair of finance
  • Dave Mickey, reappointed chair of theatre and dance, effective July 1
  • Chean Chin Ngo, reappointed chair of mechanical engineering
  • Eric Reyes, acting chair of Asian American studies for a one-year term
  • Debra Rose, reappointed chair of kinesiology
  • James Ruby, chair of human services
  • HyeKyeung Seung, reappointed chair of communication sciences and disorders
  • Jason Shepard, reappointed chair of communications
  • Berna Torr, chair of sociology
  • Natalie Tran, reappointed chair of secondary education for a two-year term
  • Carolina Valdez, acting chair of elementary and bilingual education for a one-year term
  • Penny Weismuller, reappointed director of School of Nursing