Departure of VP for Student Affairs, Dr. Lea Jarnagin


Dr. Lea Jarnagin, who has served as vice president for student affairs at Cal Poly Pomona since July 2016, will leave the campus to assume a new leadership opportunity in the CSU Office of the Chancellor effective July 1, 2019.

Dr. Jarnagin has served the CSU system for over twenty-seven years in a variety of roles across three campuses – San Marcos, Fullerton, and Pomona – working to support and advance the CSU mission and its focus on student success. She will continue to provide leadership to the CSU as she takes on a new role in the Office of the Chancellor aimed at advancing student engagement and well-being initiatives across our twenty-three campuses.

During her time at Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Jarnagin has been an important member of the president’s senior leadership team during a crucial period of growth and development for the University. She has played a pivotal role in the development of the University’s Strategic Plan, including an emphasis on holistic student wellness services and programs that are integral to student success goals. She has also provided leadership to the systemwide Graduation Initiative 2025 (GI 2025) by serving as co-chair of the CSU’s Task Force on Student Engagement and Wellbeing.

Dr. Jarnagin’s impact on the campus is considerable. Among her many accomplishments, she led the establishment of the Bronco Dreamers Resource Center, worked collaboratively with ASI student leadership to establish CPP’s food pantry that opened this Spring, and created the Student Health and Wellbeing cluster in the Division of Student Affairs to focus on holistic student wellness services and programs.

Dr. Jarnagin worked collaboratively with Provost Alva to develop a comprehensive student success model that will support the University’s continued progress toward its GI 2025 goals, including the creation of college-based student success teams and the pilot of an innovative student success coaching initiative in CLASS. Under her leadership, the University has strengthened its approach to orientation and created the foundation for a strong parent and family program. Over the past year, she led a campus-wide signature initiative to advance the University’s inclusive polytechnic approach to ready  students for the future of work, human and civic engagement.

Interim plans for leadership of the Division of Student Affairs will be announced before the end of the month.