Under a transition plan aimed at ensuring continuity, three interim associate vice presidents have been selected to help lead initiatives within the Division of Academic Affairs.
The plan, which went into effect Jan. 11, was conceived because of the impending retirement of Associate Provost Claudia Pinter-Lucke in March.
S.Terri Gomez, Larisa Preiser-Houy (’86, computer information systems) and Daniel K. Lewis have been appointed interim associate vice presidents tasked with specific areas of responsibility in the Office of Academic Programs.
“Terri, Larisa and Dan have the knowledge and experience that will help us meet the objectives of our educational mission during this time of transition,” says Sylvia A. Alva, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Gomez will serve as the interim associate vice president for student success and oversee areas that include academic advising, semester conversion advising, academic support programs, the CSU Graduation Initiative and CSU Student Success Initiatives.
Gomez was the interim associate dean in the College of Education & Integrative Studies. She has been a professor in the Department of Ethnic & Women’s Studies since 2000. She earned her doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in political science from UCLA.
Preiser-Houy will serve as the interim associate vice president for undergraduate programs. Her responsibilities will include approval and review of courses and programs, semester conversion course approval, new undergraduate course and degree proposals, and the general education program.
Preiser-Houy has served as the associate dean of undergraduate programs and student affairs at the College of Business Administration since 2013. She received her doctorate and Master of Science degree in management information systems and an MBA in strategic management from the Claremont Graduate University.
Lewis will serve as the interim associate vice president for academic quality and assessment. His duties will include overseeing accreditation, self-study and institutional review, program accreditation, program reviews, general education assessment, and new graduate courses and degree programs.
Lewis has been the associate dean for academic programs and student affairs in the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences since 2011. He has been a history professor for two decades, specializing in Latin America. Lewis earned his doctorate and master’s in Latin American history and his bachelor’s in history from UC Santa Barbara.