New Leadership in Academic Affairs

New Leadership in Academic Affairs
Peggy Sears Perry has been named the new director for the Faculty Center of Professional Development.
Claudia Pinter-Lucke will is the new associate vice president for Undergraduate Studies, effective July 1.
Diane Cuneo from Cal State Los Angeles will become the university's director of Institutional Research next month.

The Division of Academic Affairs has announced the search outcome for three key positions within the university. Claudia Pinter-Lucke and Peggy Sears Perry will have the “interim” removed from their titles and serve as the associate vice president for Undergraduate Studies and director for the Faculty Center for Professional Development respectively. Pinter-Lucke's appointment begins on July 1, while Perry begins her new charge immediately. In addition, Diane Cuneo, director of Institutional Research at Cal State Los Angeles, will become Cal Poly Pomona's new director of Institutional Research, effective July 10.


“Identifying strong leadership for these positions has been one of my highest priorities, and we have done extremely well with Claudia, Peggy and Diane,” says Provost Tomás Morales. “Their skills sets will make an immediate impact throughout the academic community and allow the university to focus on the key issues impacting our faculty and students.”


Pinter-Lucke has served as the interim associate vice president of Undergraduate Studies since April 2005. As such, she oversaw the administration of the Honors Program, Service Learning Program, Four Year Graduation Pledge Program, and much more. Pinter-Lucke also presided over the Retroactive Withdrawal, GWT Advisory, GWT Appeal and Grade Appeal committees. She joined the university as an assistant professor of Mathematics in 1986, received associate professor status in 1989, and made full professor in 1994. Pinter-Lucke was the chair of the Mathematics department from 1996 to 2004 and was associate chair from 1992 to 1996. She received her bachelor's in mathematics from UC San Diego, her master's and doctorate in the same subject from Claremont Graduate School.


“I am delighted to be able to celebrate my 20th year at Cal Poly Pomona by accepting this position,” says Pinter-Lucke. “Having had the honor of helping to advance the university as a faculty member and department chair, I look forward to working with faculty, staff and students to facilitate more achievements.”


Perry was the AGRIscapes director of education from 2002 to 2005 and served as interim dean for the College of Agriculture from 1994 to 1995. Prior to that, she served as associate dean from 1990 to 1995, also for the College of Agriculture. Perry's relationship with Cal Poly Pomona began in 1974, when she was a lecturer for both the Landscape Architecture and Ornamental Horticulture/Park Administration departments. She hired on as an assistant professor in 1974, made associate professor in 1979, and achieved full professor status in 1985. Perry received her bachelor's in plant science from UC Davis, a master's in horticulture from UC Davis, and a doctorate in education from Claremont Graduate University.


“I am excited about the opportunity to lead the faculty development program on our campus,” says Perry. “Having been here for many years and watching the Faculty Center for Professional Development be born in 1990, I'm extremely honored to play a role in carrying forward its mission.”


Cuneo was named director of institutional research at Cal State Los Angeles in 2005 and, prior to that, held the same position at Smith College from 1989 to 2005. She is a member of the Association for Institutional Research and the American Educational Research Association. From 1979 to 1984, Cuneo was an assistant professor of psychology at UC Santa Barbara, and she worked as a senior research associate for the Scientific Reasoning Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She received her bachelor's in psychology from the University of Hawaii, her master's in the same subject from Cal State Los Angeles, and her doctorate in psychology from UC San Diego. She was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.


“I am looking forward to joining the Cal Poly Pomona community,” says Cuneo. “There is so much that is positive and exciting about the campus, and I will strive to shape its success story through high quality, creative and useful institutional research and studies.”


The director of Institutional Research position became open when Margaret Kasimatis left Cal Poly Pomona in May to accept a new position at Loyola Marymount.