California State University, Fullerton (CSUF or Cal State Fullerton) is a public university in Fullerton, California. With a total enrollment of about 40,000, it has one of the largest student populations in the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. Founded in 1957 and standing on 241 acres at the heart of Southern California, CSUF is an emerging national model for supporting student success through innovative high-impact educational and co-curricular experiences, including faculty-student collaborative research. U.S. News & World Report ranks CSUF among the nation’s top “National Universities” which offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master’s and doctoral programs, and emphasize faculty research. CSUF has been designated as an Asian American and American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution and a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

The Position

Position Description

The associate vice president for student affairs-student transitions provides leadership and direction in the Student Affairs division, is a member of the VPSA Management Team and Student Affairs Executive Committee, administers policies affecting the academic and developmental needs of students, and has direct responsibility for overseeing the Student Transitions Cluster –Admissions, Financial Aid, Outreach, Recruitment, and Orientation, as well as Educational Partnerships, including Federal Grants (Upward Bound, Gear Up, McNair, and Educational Talent Search). Within the campus’s strategic enrollment management enterprise, the AVP emphasizes advancement of the overall enrollment goals of the university. In partnership with the division of Academic Affairs, the AVP provides co‐leadership and direction for the Strategic Enrollment Management/Enrollment Targets Oversight Group and provides shared guidance and advice to campus senior administrators (including the president, vice presidents, provost, college deans, etc.) on enrollment management issues.

Reporting to the vice president for student affairs, the associate vice president for student affairs-student transitions will:

  • supervise 95 staff (5 direct reports; 90 indirect reports) and oversee a budget of approximately $16.5 million;
  • collaborate with the office of the provost and vice president for academic affairs; vice president for administration and finance; vice president for university advancement; vice president for human resources, diversity and inclusion; vice president for information technology; college deans; and other units to improve student transitions, implement and assess strategic enrollment initiatives, and enrich student life;
  • serve on various campus and university committees;
  • foster an appreciation for students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio‐economic backgrounds and is instrumental in promoting CSUF as a Hispanic Serving Institution Institute (HSI), Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and Minority Serving Institution (MSI);
  • seeks grant-funding sources and raises funds for scholarships; and
  • represents CSUF, the president, and the vice president for student affairs at various community relations events.

Organizational Structure

Qualifications

The successful candidate for this role will have a master’s degree (terminal degree preferred) in higher education, student personnel, or related field and a minimum of seven years of progressive higher education experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity. The candidate must have experience managing large complex budgets, personnel supervision, and knowledge of and experience in enrollment management practices and admissions processes.

Additionally, stakeholders at Cal State Fullerton identified the following characteristics and attributes when considering the position of associate vice president for student affairs-student transitions (in no particular order):

  • demonstrated understanding of federal and local regulations and procedures related to financial aid and student recruitment operations and previous experience working with student information systems and leveraging technology to support enrollment management processes;
  • excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills;
  • an understanding of and experience leading within a shared governance model;
  • a demonstrated ability to collaborate with other university divisions and work with a wide range of stakeholders and departments with a “we” not “I” leadership philosophy;
  • experience serving a diverse student population and supporting student success;
  • an understanding of and experience with student outreach, recruitment, admissions, orientation, and transition to university life;
  • demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence;
  • demonstrated experience hiring, supervising, and cultivating a cohesive staff;
  • experience working effectively with a unionized workforce as a member of a senior leadership team;
  • a positive attitude and a good sense of humor; and
  • knowledge of the California State University’s Graduation Initiative 2025.

History of the Position

The role was previously held by an external consultant. Leadership for the Student Transitions cluster is being led by associate vice president Dr. Tonantzin Oseguera.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

CSUF is a top “National University” designated as an Asian American and American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution and a Hispanic-Serving Institution. With new presidential leadership and the search for a new provost forthcoming, the next associate vice president for student affairs-student transitions is poised to join campus leadership to advocate for student-focused programs and services and serve as a catalyst for strategic enrollment forecasting and institutional planning.

Areas of focus for the new associate vice president for student affairs-student transitions include:

  • providing innovative, decisive leadership in the establishment of a culture that is collaborative and strategic in the fulfillment of divisional, departmental, and institutional priorities;
  • developing a clear strategic plan and set of priorities for the Student Transitions cluster that will address program efficiencies, staffing, and enrollment objectives;
  • creating, empowering, and developing a leadership team within the Student Transitions cluster that is collaborative and collegial;
  • nurturing the campus community to think about enrollment and student transitions as a dynamic pathway to student success;
  • enhancing and cultivating community and educational partnerships;
  • strengthening communication and collaboration between the Student Transitions cluster and the larger institution—academic affairs, student affairs, community relations, etc.—with a particular focus on increasing efficiencies and further supporting the student experience; and
  • creating a comprehensive strategic enrollment management plan alongside campus partners that reflects the California State University’s Graduation Initiative 2025 and institutional priorities.

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF or Cal State Fullerton) is a public university in Fullerton, California. With a total enrollment of about 40,400, it has the largest student body out of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, and its approximately 5,800 graduate student body is also the largest in the CSU and one of the largest in all of California. As of fall 2016, the school had 2,083 faculty, of which 782 were on the tenure track.

The university offers 109 degrees: 57 bachelor’s degrees and 52 graduate degrees, including three doctorates.

CSUF is designated as a Hispanic-serving institution and eligible to be designated as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander serving institution (AANAPISI). The university is nationally accredited in art, athletic training, business, chemistry, communications, communicative disorders, computer science, dance, engineering, music, nursing, public administration, public health, social work, teacher education and theater. Spending related to CSUF generates an impact of around $2.26 billion to the California and local economy, and sustains nearly 16,000 jobs statewide.

CSUF athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the CSUF Titans. They compete in the Big West Conference.

In 1957, Orange County State College became the 12th state college in California to be authorized by the state legislature as a degree-granting institution. The following year, a site was designated for the campus to be established in northeast Fullerton. The property was purchased in 1959. This is the same year that Dr. William B. Langsdorf was appointed as founding president of the school.

Classes began with 452 students in September 1959. The name of the school was changed to Orange State College in July 1962. In 1964, its name was changed to California State College at Fullerton. In June 1972, the final name change occurred and the school became California State University, Fullerton.

Institutional Leadership

President – Framroze Virjee

Framroze “Fram” Virjee is president of California State University, Fullerton, the largest institution in the California State University (CSU) system, serving more than 40,000 students with an operating budget of almost half a billion dollars. As chief executive officer, Fram provides leadership for over 4,000 educators within an inclusive shared governance environment, overseeing all aspects of the University’s operations — from academic and administrative to finance and technology — in close collaboration with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the extended Titan family.

Fram previously served as executive vice chancellor, general counsel, and secretary to the board for the CSU system. In that position, he led a staff of attorneys, paralegals, and support personnel who were collectively responsible for all legal services throughout the CSU — the largest system of public higher education in the country. In addition to representing both the system and each of its 23 campuses in areas as varied as litigation, labor and employment, business and finance, and academic and student affairs, Fram served as chief legal officer to the Board of Trustees, advising them on all legal issues including open meeting laws, board rules and procedures, and education code compliance.

Prior to joining the CSU in January 2014, Fram was a partner in private practice for almost 30 years at O’Melveny & Myers, the oldest firm in Los Angeles and one of the largest in the nation. At O’Melveny, Fram specialized in labor and employment law, with an emphasis in, among other things, representing educational institutions in the areas of collective bargaining, Education Code compliance, and discrimination and employment litigation. He also spent multiple years as the national Chair of O’Melveny’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, and served as the firm’s diversity and inclusion partner, lateral hiring partner, and chair of the firm’s summer program.

Fram and his wife, Julie, are co-founders of Yambi Rwanda, a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to improving the lives of Rwandans through the sustained provision of basic human needs—clean water, adequate nutrition, and healthcare—along with equitable access to quality education and the celebration of Rwanda’s culture and arts. Fram and Julie have three sons—Braunson, Cameron, and Connor—and recently welcomed their first grandchild into the world.

A first-generation college student, Fram received his JD (cum laude) from the University of California, Hasting College of Law in 1985 and his bachelor of arts degree (summa cum laude) in political science and sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1982.

Vice President of Student Affairs- Berenecea Johnson Eanes, PhD

Dr. Eanes currently serves as vice president for the Division of Student Affairs at California State University, Fullerton, leading a division that supports the personal, social, and academic development of more than 40,000 students. The scope of the Division of Student Affairs is vast, encompassing all co-curricular services related to Student Transitions, Student Engagement, Student Retention, Associated Students, Inc., Titan Athletics, and Title IX. Along with this responsibility, VP Eanes is a member of Cal State Fullerton President’s Cabinet and the President’s Advisory Board, spearheading strategic initiatives to achieve long-term, university-wide goals of increasing engagement, retention, and graduation rates.

In January 2019, Dr. Eanes was unanimously chosen recipient of the NASPA Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean/Vice President, given to one individual who has demonstrated sustained professional achievement in Student Affairs work, innovative response in meeting students’ varied and emerging needs, effectiveness in developing staff, and leadership. She was also recently named recipient of the California State University’s 2018 Wang Family Excellence Award, which honors just one administrator as well as four faculty members who have distinguished themselves through exemplary contributions and achievements.

A firm believer that higher education is one of the most important social justice issues of our time, VP Eanes’ passion for learning has led her to author numerous scholarly, peer-reviewed publications and books on race and gender equity, leadership, and student success. She received a PhD in Social work from Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Social Work from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Dillard University in New Orleans.

Benefits Overview

As an employee of the California State University, you have a comprehensive program of benefits available to you and, in many instances, your family as follows:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Plans
  • Supplemental Retirement Options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Leave Options
  • Tuition Benefits

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled; position review date is Friday, April 19, 2019. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Once an application has been received, applicants will be asked to complete the University’s Applicant Data Flow Form via the California State University, Fullerton website. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Anne-Marie Kenney at amk@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the California State University, Fullerton website at http://www.fullerton.edu/

California State University, Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

The individual holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The scope of responsibilities for this position includes the making or participating in the making of decisions that may have a material financial benefit on the incumbent. Therefore, the individual holding this position is required to file an initial “Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interests” within thirty (30) days from date of hire and on an annual basis; and complete the CSU sponsored ethics on-line training within thirty (30) days of appointment, and at least once during each consecutive period of two calendar years following the appointment.

This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

Spelman Johnson has prepared this document based on personal interviews and information copied, compiled, or quoted in part from source documents obtained from our client institution, and as such, the contents of this document are believed to be reliable. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the original source documents and factual situations govern, and the material presented here should be relied upon for informational purposes only.