Location: Bell Tower, Room 2560
Telephone: 805-437-8536
Fax: 805-437-8549
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of the Vice President’s office is to provide vision, leadership, and strategic direction to areas, programs, and personnel within the Division of Student Affairs, which includes Assessment & Strategic Operations, Associated Students Incorporated, Housing & Residential Education, Student Life, and Wellness & Athletics.

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Vice President for Student Affairs Office Staff

Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer, Vice President for Student Affairs

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Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer, founding Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University Channel Islands (CI), earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of North Texas (UNT). Dr. Sawyer began his academic career as a Communication lecturer at Amarillo College (AC) in Amarillo, Texas shortly after completing his Master’s degree in Organizational Communication at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU). After two years of teaching and coaching Forensics and Debate at AC, Dr. Sawyer returned to school to work on his doctoral degree at the University of North Texas (UNT). Upon completion of his Ph.D., Sawyer was appointed Assistant Dean of Students. Dr. Sawyer later served as the Associate Dean and finally, Dean of Students at UNT, where he was also a member of the Communication faculty. He served as the Dean of Students and adjunct faculty member at North Texas until he was appointed founding Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). As the founding Dean, Dr. Sawyer was broadly involved in the strategic planning, development, and operations of Florida’s newest state university.

In 2001, Dr. Sawyer accepted the position as the founding Vice President for Student Affairs at CI. Since his arrival at Channel Islands, Dr. Sawyer has dedicated his efforts to hiring, developing, and encouraging a diverse student-centered and student-focused Student Affairs division which fosters an inclusive and collegial learning environment.

In 2004, Sawyer was recognized as the Most Distinguished Black Citizen by the Ventura County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 2005, he was recognized by the students at CI with the Maximus Award, as Outstanding Administrator of the Year. In 2007, Dr. Sawyer was recognized by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) as the Senior Practitioner of the Year. In 2008, Dr. Sawyer was presented the prestigious Wang Family Excellence Award, by Chancellor Reed and the Trustees of the California State University (CSU) System as the outstanding administrator of the year out of 46,000 faculty and staff in the CSU. In 2012, Sawyer was recognized by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as the recipient of the Scott Goodnight Award for outstanding performance as a Vice President for Student Affairs. And in 2013, Sawyer was appointed by Governor Brown to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) as the CSU system representative.


Dottie Ayer, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs

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Dottie Ayer, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), earned a B.A. in Political Science, a B.A. in Legal Studies, and minor(s) in Integrative Liberal Studies and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, in 2006. Dottie joined CSU Channel Islands (CI) and the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) in December 2012. Prior to CI, Dottie worked as a Policy Analyst with the UCLA Academic Senate for five years.

Dottie’s primary responsibilities include performing research and preparing reports and correspondences on behalf of the VPSA, assisting with on-going projects at the request of the VPSA, providing support to the DSA Executive Council, and direct assistance to the VPSA.


Alicia Milanowski, Customer Service Assistant

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Alicia Milanowski, Customer Service Assistant for the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) office is working towards her B.A at CSU Channel Islands in Liberal Studies Teaching and Learning with an emphasis in Special Education and Minor in Communication. Alicia’s anticipated graduation date is May 2014. Alicia assisted the Vice President for Student Affairs as a Teaching Assistant for the Communication 101 course from 2011-2012. Alicia received the Outstanding Speaker Award as a former student of Dr. Sawyer’s prior to becoming a Teaching Assistant. While completing her sophomore year at CI, she worked as a Resident Assistant in Housing and Residential Education (HRE) for Anacapa Village. The following year, Alicia continued to work in HRE as a Senior Community Advisor for Santa Cruz Village where she supervised four Resident Assistants. Alicia has also worked in the Dean of Students office and was appointed as the student representative on the University’s Foundation Board for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Alicia joined the VPSA office in her current temporary role as the Customer Service Assistant on October 1, 2013. Alicia assists in providing high-quality, service excellence, and front-line support for the VPSA office and visiting constituents. Additionally, Alicia assists in trainings and project management for the student assistants.