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Each co-chair will be tasked with implementing a specific set of activities to meet the university's defined goals. Team members are designated to support efforts to meet the defined goal within each of the five priorities.  

Becoming a Premier Public Research University: A New Kind of HSI.

Executive Sponsor: Hala Madanat, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Research

GOAL 1: Position SDSU to ultimately achieve R1 status:

Key Activities:

John Crockett, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President of Research Advancement
Scott Walter, Ph.D.
SDSU Library Dean
Hala Madanat
Michele Goetz
Jerry Sheehan
Pam Lach
Heriberto Vasquez
Karen May-Newman, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Steven Hooker, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Health and Human Services
Cassie Aaron
Jennie Amison
Debbie Brighton
John Crockett
Hala Madanat
Ed Balsdon, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of Graduate Affairs
Monica Casper, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Arts and Letters
Cassie Aaron
Graduate Council

Stanley Maloy, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President of Research and Innovation

Natalie Mladenov

Heriberto Vasquez

GOAL 2: Leverage SDSU’s unique identity to enhance the quantity and quality of scholarship.

Key Activities:

John Crockett
Associate Vice President of Research Advancement
Emilio Ulloa
Associate Professor of Psychology

Jennie Amison
Debbie Brighton
Michael Dominguez
Antonio Marquez
Araceli Saucedo

Ramona Pérez

Professor of Anthropology and Center for Latin American Studies Directora

Cristina Alfaro
Marcela Polanco
Antonio Marquez

Ramona Pérez

Professor of Anthropology and Center for Latin American Studies Directora

Jeff Roberts

Dean of the College of Sciences

Joanna Brooks
Jennifer Imazeki
David Kamper
Kylee Webster

Resilience. Designed to Thrive

Executive Sponsor: Agnes Wong Nickerson, Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs, and Adrienne Vargas, Vice President for University Relations and Development

GOAL 1: Diversify and expand revenue streams that support our mission and our scholarly and creative activities, teaching and athletic aspirations.

Key Activities:

Brittany Santos-Dereig
Chief-of-Staff
Christina Brown 
Nikki Clay 
Cynthia Cervantes 
Mary Darling 
Michele Goetz 
Leslie Levinson 
Hala Madanat
Tommy Martindale 
Victor Nava 
Agnes Wong Nickerson
Tim Rice 
Jerry Sanders 
Radhika Seshan
Jerry Sheehan 
Todd Summer
John Putman
Victor Penera
Adrienne Vargas
John David Wicker

William Tong

Interim Vice Provost

Tod Reeder
Mark Reed
Michelle Goetz
Cathy Pucher
Alex DeNoble
Victor Penera

Seth Malios
Professor of Anthropology
Stefan Hyman
Interim Associate Provost for Enrollment and Retention Management at Stony Brook University
Thom McElroy
Co-founder of Volcom
Tammy Blackburn 
Joe Brock 
LaMonica Everett-Haynes 
Jim Herrick 
Gina Jacobs 
Maria Keckler
Chuck Lang 
Giselle Luevanos 
Mike May 
Megan Newton 
Victor Penera
Steve Schnall 
Polly Sipper
Catherine Snapp 
Victor Nava
Adam Armolea
Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications for SDSU Alumni
Megan Newton
Director of Marketing and Digital Media

Tammy Blackburn
Joe Brock
Stefan Hyman
Gina Jacobs
Giselle Luevanos
Melissa Porter
Steve Schnall
Amando Sepulveda

GOAL 2: Allocate resources with transparency, equity, efficiency and accountability.

Key Activities:

Mary Anne Kremicki
Director Academic Resources, Academic Affairs
Crystal Little
Interim Associate Vice President
Christian Holt
Jerry Sheehan 
Agnes Wong Nickerson
Hector Ochoa 
Rashmi Praba
Jerry Sheehan 
Luke Wood
Todd Summer
CEO of Aztec Shops
Christina Brown
Executive Director of Associated Students
Nikki Clay 
Michele Goetz 
Christian Holt 
Hala Madanat
Agnes Wong Nickerson
Christy Samarkos
Jerry Sanders 
Adrienne Vargas
Sherry Ryan
Director of the School of Public Affairs
Bruce Reinig
Interim Thomas and Evelyn Page Dean of the Fowler College of Business
Christian Holt
Hala Madanat
Tom McCarron
Agnes Wong Nickerson
Hector Ochoa
Brittany Santos-Dereig
Jerry Sheehan
Adrienne Vargas
Luke Wood
Wil Weston

GOAL 3: Invest in organizational practices that prioritize the responsible management of resources with a focus on global and environmental sustainability.

Key Activities:

Iana Castro
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Eric Hansen
Associate Vice President for Business Operation
Glen Brandenburg
Simran Jain
Keven Jeffery
Maribel Madero

Robert Schulz

Associate Vice President of Real Estate, Planning and Development

Eric Frost

Professor of Geology, Director of SDSU Visualization Center

Li An
Trent Biggs
Glen Brandenburg 
Eric Hansen
Simran Jain
Laura Shinn
Paul Melchior 
Presidential Task Force for Climate Action
Laura Shinn
Christy Samarkos
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Robert Schulz
Associate Vice President of Real Estate, Planning and Development
Asfaw Beyene
Adrienne Fusek
Simran Jain
Keven Jeffery

We Are SDSU.

Executive Sponsor: Jerry Sheehan, Vice President for Information Technology

GOAL 1: Foster an inter-connected and equitable SDSU experience through implementing resource generation and allocation, communication and information-sharing, and systems of transportation. 

Key Activities:

Stacy Carota

Executive Director of Development, College of Sciences

Gina Jacobs

Associate Vice President of Mission Valley Development

Hala Madanat
Kumar Narayanan
Victor Nava
Daniel Nieto
Amando Sepulveda
Jerry Sheehan
Shara Tscheulin

Wil Weston

Head of Collection Management, Chair of the University Senate 2020-2021

Daniel Nieto
Amando Sepulveda
Mark Wheeler
James Frazee
Associate Vice President AVP for Information Technology
Cristina Alfaro
Pete Delaney
Adrian Gonzalez 
Noah Hansen
IT
ITS
Kevin Jeffrey
Giselle Luevanos
Rachel Raynoha
Amando Sepulveda
Mark Siprut
Joe Wolfman
Mark Wheeler
Cory Marshall
Associate Director of Media Relations
Rahim Bake
Tammy Blackburn
Deborah Brighton
Raquel Herriot
Giselle Luevanos
Amando Sepulveda
Catherine Snapp
Debbie Richeson
Director of Parking and Transportation Services

Josh Mays
Steve Schnall
Amando Sepulveda
Janusz Supernak
Rachel Szakmary
Joe Wolfman

Debbie Richeson
Director of Parking and Transportation Services
Lawson Hardick
Josh Mays 
Daniel Nieto
Miguel Rahiotis 
Amando Sepulveda
Rachel Szakmary
Debbie Richeson
Director of Parking and Transportation Services
Rachel Gregg
Eric Hansen
Victor Penera
Amando Sepulveda
Rachel Szakmary
Gina Jacobs
Associate Vice President of Mission Valley Development
Debbie Richeson
Director of Parking and Transportation Services
Amando Sepulveda
Laura Shinn
Rachel Szakmary

GOAL 2: Expand SDSU’s academic infrastructure and partnerships to meet the needs of broadly diverse learners in our region, across the nation, and the world.

Key Activities:

Radhika Seshan
Dean of SDSU Global Campus
Edgar Hodge
Christy Samarkos
Crystal Sanchez
Mark Wheeler
Jacob Alvarado Waipuk
Tribal Liaison
David Kamper
Luke Wood
Crystal Sanchez (Associated Students)
Cristina Alfaro
Associate Vice President for International Affairs
Adrienne Fusek
Noah Hansen
Lawson Hardick
Stefan Hyman
Maria Keckler
Eddie West
Crystal Sanchez
Sandra Temores-Valdez
International Coordinators representing each college across campus
Gregorio Ponce
Dean of SDSU Imperial Valley
Mark Wheeler
Associate Dean SDSU Imperial Valley
Executive Council & Program Coordinators from SDSU IV
Andrew Bohanak
Lawson Hardick
Crystal Sanchez

Equity and Inclusion in Everything We Do

Executive Sponsor: J. Luke Wood, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

GOAL 1: Ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives across campus are
aligned and implemented consistently, effectively and efficiently.

Key Activities:

Erica Aros

Director of Student Ability Success Center

Rahim Baker

Accessible Technology Initiative Coordinator

Mark Figueroa
IT 
Isabella Martelino
 
Jennifer Imazeki
Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Faculty & Staff

Diversity Liaisons
Sim Baweja
Jenny Bramer
Elizabeth Cordero
John Crockett
Kristine Catano
Anne Donadey
David Engstrom
Theresa Garcia
Thom Harpole
Raquel Herriott
Jennifer Lakin
Daniella Luistro
Isabella Martelino
Arion Mayes
Deb Naylon
Melanie Patton
Paula Peter
Amy Randel
Patricia Rea
Jessica Rentto
Gloria Rhodes
Nate Rogriguez
Sweta Sarkar
Rick Schultz
Cristian Sterling Aquino
Mary Taylor
Sarah Vanderburgh

Allison Vaughn
Aurora Velasco
Roy Whitaker

 
Randy Timm
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Nicole Belisle
Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Strategic Initiatives
Dion Akers
Jeff Ernst
Mark Figeroa
Daniella Luistro
Isabella Martelino
Jessica Nare
 
Jennifer Imazeki
Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Faculty & Staff

Diversity Liaisons
Sim Baweja
Jenny Bramer
Elizabeth Cordero
John Crockett
Kristine Catano
Anne Donadey
David Engstrom
Theresa Garcia
Thom Harpole
Raquel Herriott
Jennifer Lakin
Daniella Luistro
Isabella Martelino
Arion Mayes
Deb Naylon
Melanie Patton
Paula Peter
Amy Randel
Patricia Rea
Jessica Rentto
Gloria Rhodes
Nate Rogriguez
Sweta Sarkar
Rick Schultz
Cristian Sterling Aquino
Mary Taylor
Sarah Vanderburgh
Allison Vaughn
Aurora Velasco
Roy Whitaker

 
Mike Juan
Associate Director of Counseling & Psychological Services
Virginia Loh-Hagan
Director of Asian Pacific Desi American (APIDA) Resource Center
Koko Nishi
Daniella Luistro
Isabella Marteelino
Koko Nishi
Sandra Wawrykto

GOAL 2: Foster and sustain an environment where all students, faculty, staff and alumni feel welcomed, supported, and valued by the university.

Key Activities:

Jessica Nare
Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Student Engagement
Elzbeth Islas 
Virginia Loh-Hagan 
Megan Newton
Wesley Palau 
Melissa Porter
Darren Wilson
La Monica Everett-Haynes
Associate Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
Catherine Snapp
Director of Communication Services for Student Affairs
Tiffany Dykstra-DeVette
Lisa Haney
Paige Hernandez
Caryl Montero Adams
Darren Wilson
Peggy Shannon
Dean of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
Alanie Abron
Joyce Gattas
Maribel Madero
Eric Smigel
TBD
 
Anne Donadey
Tiffany Dykstra-DeVette
Raquel Herriot
Edgar Hodge

Maria Keckler
Rebecca Lewison
Isabella Martelino
Madhavi McCall

Gloria Rhodes
Jennifer Stanley
Randy Timm

Anne Guanciale

Director of the Pride Center

Tierney Trujillo-Harrison

Student Life Advisor, Student Organizations and Intercultural Activities

Nicole Belisle

 
Alanie Abron
Yea Wen Chen
Jessica Chang
Justine Darling
Sureshi Jayawardene
Alan Mobley

Jennifer Imazeki

Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Faculty & Staff

Francisco Velazquez

Director of New Student and Parent Programs

Ed Balsdon
Joanna Brooks
Jessica Chang
Sarah Elkind
Belen Gamino
Daniel Reinholz
Allison Vaughn
Darren Wilson

GOAL 3: Recruit, retain and advance graduate students, faculty and staff who can and will effectively support the diverse student body and communities served by SDSU.

Jennifer Imazeki
Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Faculty & Staff
Andrew Bohanak
Joanna Brooks
Thierry Devos
Allen Gontz
Thom Harpole
Frank Harris III
Max Johnson
Sasha Chizhik
Director of Academic Labor Relations
Emilio Ulloa
Associate Professor of Psychology
Joanna Brooks
Allen Gontz
Max Johnson

Students at Our Core 

Executive Sponsor: Salvador Hector Ochoa, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President

GOAL 1: Ensure that all members of the campus community are prepared to advance student success by deepening the quality of learning and closing equity gaps.

Key Activities:

Jeanne Stronach
Associate Vice President Analytic Studies and Institutional Research
Joanna Brooks
Sarah Elkind
Alane Lockwood
Salvador Hector Ochoa
Norah Shultz
Ashley Tejeda
Randy Timm
Joanna Brooks
Associate Vice President for Faculty Advancement
Christy Samarkos
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
ITS
Joyce Chen
Kristie Dock
Christine Molina
Jerry Sheehan
Randy Timm
Kristie Dock
Assistant Dean for Business
James Tarbox
Executive Director Career Services
Graduate Affairs
Research Affairs
Joyce Chen
Martha Enciso
Malerie McNeill
Christy Samarkos
Andy Bohonak
Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs
Graduate Council
Research Affairs
James Tarbox
Allison Vaughn
Kylee Webster

GOAL 2: Expand access to affordable, high-quality university undergraduate and graduate education for the people of our region and beyond.

Key Activities:

Y. Barry Chung
Dean of the College of Education
Mary Taylor
Director for Compact for Success & Collaborative Programs
Cristina Alfaro
Fabiola Moreno
Miguel Rahiotis
Christy Samarkos
Jeanne Stronach
Eugene Olevsky
Dean of the College of Engineering
Radhika Seshan
Radhika Seshan
Hannah Berman Schneider
Joanna Brooks
Sean Hauze
Ray Savage

GOAL 3: To support student success and well-being both inside and outside the classroom, SDSU will strategically increase its programming, resources and capacity to provide mental health, wellness and basic needs support for all undergraduate and graduate students.

Key Activities:

Stephanie Galia
Director for Well-being & Health Promotion
Jen Rikard
Director for Counseling & Psychological Services
ECRT Committee
Abigail Tamayo
Michael Juan
Associate Director of Counseling & Psychological Services
Brent Taylor
Department Chair & Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology
Nola Butler Byrd
Jen Rikard
Ray Savage
Abigail Tamayo
Andrea Dooley
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Stephanie Galia
Director for Well-being & Health Promotion
ECRT Committee
Vanessa Malcarne
Abigail Tamayo

Strategic Planning Committee

Provost Hector Ochoa headshot

Co-Chair

Salvador Hector Ochoa, Ph.D.
SDSU Provost and Senior Vice President
Luke Wood, SDSU Chief Diversity Officer headshot

Co-Chair

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
SDSU Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity


Strategic Planning Team Organizational Structure

Committee Members

Cassie Aaron
President of Graduate Student Association
Ed Balsdon, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of Graduate Affairs
Kyla E. Blaylock
SDSU Student
Joanna Brooks, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – Faculty Advancement
Jenny Bramer
Executive Associate Athletic Director
Karen Emmorey, Ph.D.
Professor of Speech Language in the College of Health and Human Services
Angelica A. Espinoza
SDSU Student
La Monica Everett-Haynes, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
Michele Goetz
Associate Vice President and Executive Director of SDSU Research Foundation
Maureen A. Guarcello, Ph.D.
Research, Analytics, and Communications Specialist, Instructional Technology Services
Jim Herrick
Assistant Vice President, Alumni
Edgar Hodge, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President for Information Technology
Helina Hoyt, Ph.D., RN, PHN
School of Nursing, SDSU Imperial Valley
Jennifer Imazeki, Ph.D.
Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Faculty Success and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Gina Jacobs
Associate Vice President for Mission Valley Development
Shane James
SDSU Student
Maria Keckler
Presidential Communications Director
Vanessa Malcarne, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology in the College of Sciences
Antionette Marbray, J.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Karen May-Newman, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Christian Onwuka
2019-20 Associated Students President
Gregorio Ponce, Ph.D.
Dean of SDSU Imperial Valley
Jessica Rentto, J.D.
Associate Vice President, Administration
Jeffrey Roberts, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Sciences
Sherry Ryan, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the School of Public Affairs
Brittany Santos-Derieg
Chief-of-Staff
Radhika Seshan, Ph.D.
Dean of SDSU Global Campus
Stephanie Smith
Professional Graduate Fee Coordinator for the Fowler College of Business
Jeanne Stronach
Assistant Vice President, Analytic Studies and Institutional Research
Mark Wheeler, Ph.D.

University Senate Chair and Professor of Philosophy

Meet our Consultants

San Diego State University is embarking in a landmark planning process and, through that process, is committed to generating input from all levels of the university. To ensure broad participation, SDSU is drawing on expertise from both within and outside of the organization. An expert-informed initiative will strongly contribute to the campus community’s ability to develop a strategic plan that will define not just the future of one campus, but three: the SDSU main campus, SDSU Imperial Valley, and the potential development of SDSU Mission Valley. Skilled and nationally-recognized experts have been engaged to support and help guide this effort, and we encourage you to get to know them below.

Emeritus Consulting Group

Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen is Chief Executive Officer of Emeritus Consulting Group, a firm that uses organizational development principles to assist nonprofit, public and education entities in enhancing their effectiveness for the public good. Clayton-Pedersen brings a wealth of experience to the firm’s work, particularly with respect to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and facilitating discussions around inclusive excellence.

Clayton-Pedersen previously worked with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in several capacities. From 2010 to 2016, she was a Senior Scholar and co-Principal Investigator directing the work of AAC&U’s Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future Program, funded by the National Science Foundation. From 2000 to 2010, she served first as a Senior Policy Director, then Vice President for Education and Institutional Renewal, directing ongoing programs and several grant-funded projects. Prior to joining AAC&U, Dr. Clayton-Pedersen was deeply engaged for 16 years at Vanderbilt University, where she served in senior leadership roles in student affairs, a public policy center, academic affairs and athletic affairs. She conducted more than 20 institutional studies on retention, climate for diversity, and student programming. Throughout her 35-year career in higher education, Clayton-Pedersen has provided consultation on program evaluation, inter-organizational collaboration, diversity and institutional change in a range of settings and working with stakeholders nationally and internationally.

Sonja C. P. Armstrong, whose expertise stems from developing an expansive legal practice to public, is president and chief operating officer of Emeritus Consulting Group LLC.

Armstrong has served as both associate general counsel and special counsel at Chicago State University, a public, urban institution. As a generalist in higher education law, she has been responsible for oversight of issues relating to labor and employment, governance, athletics, residence life, academic affairs and student discipline, among other areas. One of Armstrong’s most significant campus endeavors involved a 15-month presidential appointment as interim director of intercollegiate athletics to restructure an emerging division of the university – creating a culture of compliance, an environment for successful student outcomes and a focus on institutional mission.

Prior to joining Chicago State University, Armstrong was an attorney at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, one of the largest, most well-respected national law firms based in Chicago. While in private practice, she served as legal counsel and advocate for a diverse group of public and private entities – including higher education institutions – in business, regulatory, complex litigation and dispute resolution matters. Overall she was responsible for resolving challenges faced by her clients and fostering trusting relationships at all levels within these organizations. Handling that work effectively required her to use collaborative approaches to chart the best course of action to reach each client’s organizational objectives.

AASCU Penson Center for Professional Development

Howard Cohen, Ph.D. is the AASCU Penson Center for Professional Development (APC) Executive Director and a Senior Associate of its consulting group, which works primarily with public regional universities. Cohen also holds the distinction of Chancellor Emeritus at Purdue University Northwest. Prior to his 10-year tenure as Chancellor, Cohen also served in academic and administrative appointments within the University of Massachusetts and University of Wisconsin systems. His areas of focus include strategic and academic planning, department chair leadership, leadership team development and executive coaching. Cohen is expected to be the lead consultant for the strategic planning components of our engagement, working in conjunction with other APC colleagues as needed.

Sal Rinella, Ph.D. is a former university president who has served as a consultant with APC and other organizations in all sectors of higher education for the past 14 years. Rinella also has been a facilitator and author for the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) roundtables and monographs, leading discussions of timely topics including New Forces and Realities: Making the Adjustment and The Presidential Role in Disaster Planning and Response. From 1994 to 2000, Rinella served at the helm of Austin Peay State University, an institution known for its collaborative, integrative learning community that tremendously expanded over the past three decades. Rinella’s areas of emphasis include strategic planning and positioning, identifying transformational programs and initiatives, formulating partnerships to advance the institution and team development.

We thank all members of our campus community – students, faculty, staff and administrators – for providing input and feedback, which will then inform San Diego State University’s future vision, mission and strategic priorities.