Vicki S. Stepp Named New Director of Research and Sponsored Programs


Vicki S. Stepp Named New Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
Effective July 10, Vicki Stepp has joined Cal Poly Pomona as its director of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Vicki S. Stepp, formerly the director of Sponsored Program Services at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., has been named the new director of Research and Sponsored Programs at Cal Poly Pomona. Her appointment began July 10.

“We had several strong candidates for this position and the overwhelming consensus was that Vicki is a very good fit for our needs at this time,” says Donald F. Hoyt, associate vice president for Research & Graduate Studies. “She has extensive experience with pre- and post-award administration and came with outstanding recommendations from the faculty, staff and administrators who work with her at Pima.”

Since 1993, Stepp has served as director of Sponsored Program Services at Pima Community College in Arizona. In that position, she directed a college-wide review of compliance and management of over 540 contract and grant programs annually and led efforts to design a new one-stop Grants and Contracts Support Center. In addition, Stepp directed intergovernmental agreement activities for the nation's 6th largest multi-campus community college, including six campuses, several learning centers and the district office. Prior to that, she served as a district coordinator for grants and contracts at the same institution, and was principal investigator on several grant awards at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where she was a research analyst.

“It is delightful to be able to join Dr. Don Hoyt's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs team and to help continue Cal Poly Pomona's growth in grants and contracts,” says Stepp. “I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students and administrators in this challenging endeavor and sincerely appreciate the warm welcome already extended to me at the university.”

She received her bachelor's degree in economics from University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and her master's degree in the same subject from Columbia University in New York, where she was awarded the Hollingsworth Graduate Fellowship. Stepp completed post-graduate education in econometrics, demography and Spanish at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and in statistics and computer science at the University of Arizona.