Claudia Pinter-Lucke, the associate provost of Academic Affairs, will retire in March and close a 30-year career at Cal Poly Pomona.
“I have been extremely fortunate to have been able to work with such an amazing diverse community of students, staff and faculty,” Pinter-Lucke says. “I will take with me many memories of wonderful experiences in the classroom and, yes, in the committee room as well. The level of collaboration on this campus is truly exceptional, and the number of friendships unbelievable.”
She has served as associate vice president for academic programs, associate vice president of undergraduate studies, associate dean in the College of Science, and associate chair and chair in the mathematics department.
Pinter-Lucke arrived at the university as an assistant professor in 1986 after receiving her doctorate in mathematics from Claremont Graduate University. She also earned a Master of Science degree in mathematics from Claremont Graduate University after receiving her bachelor’s in mathematics from UC San Diego. She received tenure at Cal Poly Pomona in 1996.
“Claudia has been such as a valuable asset to Cal Poly Pomona and its educational mission. She has always been motivated by a desire to make a lasting impression, and she has clearly done that,” says Sylvia A. Alva, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Among Pinter-Lucke’s efforts to promote science and mathematics, she helped develop the Academic Excellence Workshops for Science Educational Enhancement Services (SEES), contributed to Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) programs such as Exploring Engineering Summer Camps for junior high school girls, and formed the Mathematics and Science Help Center.
In the Office of Academic Programs, Pinter-Lucke has led academic policy development and implementation; curriculum development, assessment and review; first-year program development, general education and advising; and implementation of remediation, course redesign and enrollment planning efforts.
Pinter-Lucke shepherded the campus through a successful 10-year reaccreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2011.
She also guided the development of a general education assessment plan, supported numerous faculty through the approval of new courses and programs, and facilitated the graduation of countless students.
Pinter-Lucke looks back on her three decades at the university on a reflective note.
“After I moved from the classroom to the CLA Building, I was asked if I missed teaching. I did, but I was able to transfer my creativity from explaining a math concept to developing a new policy. I am being asked now if I will miss the associate provost position. I am sure that I will, but I look forward to new opportunities for my commitment to service,” she says.