Associated Students Inc. (ASI) has announced that after 28 years of service to students and the campus community, Executive Director Cora M. Culla has elected to retire, effective July 1. During her time as executive director, Culla was instrumental in the University Union Renovation and Expansion Project Phase II, renaming of the University Union to the Bronco Student Center (BSC), construction of the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (BRIC), oversight of programs and services in the BSC, BRIC and Children’s Center, and leadership development of students.
“ASI and the university wish her all the best for a successful retirement following a distinguished 28-year career,” said Lea Jarnagin, vice president for student affairs.
ASI has appointed Liz Roosa Millar to succeed Culla as executive director, effective July 17. She will be responsible for the overall management and administration of the corporation; financial services and budget matters; human resources, marketing, design and public relations; and IT services provided by the university, as well as the operations of the BSC, BRIC and Children’s Center.
“It is with great enthusiasm I join the ASI family,” Roosa Millar said. “I look forward to collaboratively building from Cora Culla’s accomplishments, actively engaging in positive change efforts of the university and ASI, and maintaining ASI’s steadfast focus on providing an outstanding experience for all members of the Cal Poly Pomona community.”
Roosa Millar earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Penn State, a master’s in recreation administration from the University of Northern Colorado, and a bachelor’s in liberal arts from the University of Montana. She brings 20 years of experience in higher education, serving as director of the University Center at the University of Montana; director of the Center for Student Activities and Programming at Penn State; director of Student Unions and Activities, and director of Campus Recreation and Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex at Montana Tech of the University of Montana. She is involved in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and ACUI, the Association of College Unions International.
Roosa Millar’s experience in creating and sustaining inclusive and safe campus learning communities where students thrive is aligned with the goals of the university and ASI. “ASI is excited to have Dr. Roosa Millar at the helm of the organization, leading staff and students to realize ASI’s mission and support the goals of the university,” Culla said.
Upon Culla’s retirement, Powell Velasco, ASI’s associate executive director, will serve as interim executive director until Roosa Millar’s arrival.