Rebecca Gutierrez Keeton, acting vice president for student affairs, will leave Cal Poly Pomona following 26 years of distinguished service to become a faculty member in Cal State Fullerton’s graduate programs in educational leadership.
Gutierrez Keeton joined the Cal Poly Pomona community in 1989 and was appointed acting vice president for student affairs in 2014. Her major accomplishments include: increasing Bronco Pride and campus engagement, creating BroncoFusion, co-coordinating the 75th Anniversary Homecoming celebration, establishing Bronco Lead (formerly the Student Development and Leadership Institute), implementing the Campus Master Calendar, creating myBAR (My Bronco Activity Record), co-creating the Multicultural Leadership minor and Multicultural Leadership course, establishing academic and student affairs partnerships for First Year Experience courses, Dia de Los Muertos and the Civil Rights Trip to the South, and strengthening support of the cultural centers.
“Rebecca has been a wonderful advocate for students and a respected leader on campus,” says University President Soraya M. Coley. “Her enthusiasm and support for students is undeniable. I am grateful for her wise counsel and her great work to increase student involvement, student resources and student leadership. She is a Cal Poly Pomona Bronco, through and through.”
Gutierrez Keeton’s service to the campus has included serving as associate vice president of student affairs and dean of students, director of the Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers and associate director of University Housing Services.
In 2014, she received the Sandra Kuchler Excellence in Mentoring Award from NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (Region VI) and the Cynthia S. Johnson Award from the Student Development in Higher Education Program at Cal State Long Beach. Both awards recognize individuals who serve as an excellent role model to others, have made a significant impact in the lives of emerging professionals, and advocate for student affairs.
“It has been my deepest honor and privilege to serve this campus and all the students, faculty, staff and alumni,” Gutierrez Keeton says. “I am excited about the opportunity to mentor the next generation of student affairs professionals and higher education leaders. I have personally and professionally benefitted from working with great leaders, and my goal is to pay it forward.”
At Cal State Fullerton, Gutierrez Keeton will teach in the College of Education’s master’s in higher education and doctorate in educational leadership programs, supervise dissertations, collaborate with the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership, conduct research and publish.
Gutierrez Keeton earned her Ph.D. in higher education administration from Claremont Graduate University, a master’s degree in social science from Azusa Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Chapman University.
A national search will begin in the fall quarter when faculty and students return. An interim appointment will be announced soon.