Location: Bell Tower, Room 2560
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 Associated Students Incorporated, Campus Life, Housing & Residential Education, Retention, Outreach & Inclusive Student Services, and Wellness & Athletics.
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Vice President for Student Affairs Office Staff
Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer, Vice President for Student Affairs
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
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.
Cynthia County, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs office
Cynthia County, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) office, earned a M.S. in Human Services, emphasis on Non-Profit Organizations from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2007. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and a B.S. in Human Services from California State University Fullerton (CSUF) in 2003. Cynthia joined CI and the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) in September 2015. Prior to CI, Cynthia worked in the Office of Financial Aid at CSUF for 12 years.
Cynthia’s primary responsibilities include receiving and welcoming all visitors to the VPSA office, serving as a resource and liaison between the office and the greater campus community. In her role, Cynthia oversees the daily activities of the VPSA front office, as well as the Bell Tower Information Center, serving as the primary supervisor for all student assistants within the VPSA office. Cynthia also assists the VPSA office professional staff, including the Special Assistant to the VPSA, and serves as the lead for a variety of special projects on behalf of the VPSA.
Linda Demyan, Training Analyst
Linda Demyan, Training Analyst in the Vice President for Student Affairs office, earned a B.A. in Sociology from CSU Northridge in 2008 and a Graduate Certificate in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University in 2014. Linda has worked in the field of education (primarily high school) for over 20 years. Her passion for higher education was developed during her pursuit of her Bachelor’s degree and nurtured during her graduate studies. Linda worked as a Grant Specialist in the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University before she joined CSU Channel Islands as the Administrative Assistant for Assessment & Strategic Operation in January 2015.
In her current role at CI, Linda will provide leadership and support for the planning, implementation, and assessment of Division-wide professional and student staff training and development.
Courtney Ellis, Staff Resources Analyst
Courtney Ellis, Staff Resources Analyst, earned her B.A. in Communication at CSU Channel Islands in 2010. While working towards her degree, Courtney was employed at CI in both Housing & Residential Education and the Vice President’s office as a student assistant. After graduating, Courtney continued working in the VPSA office in progressively responsible administrative support roles until she was hired into her current position in November 2014.
Alicia Milanowski, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs
Alicia Milanowski, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), is currently working towards her M.A at CI in Educational Leadership, with a concentration in Higher Education. Alicia’s anticipated graduation date is May 2016. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies Teaching and Learning with an emphasis in Special Education and a Minor in Communication from CI.
During her time as an undergraduate student, Alicia assisted the VPSA as a Teaching Assistant for the Communication 101 course from 2011-2012. She 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. In 2013, Alicia joined the VPSA office as the Customer Service Assistant.
In her current role, Alicia assists with providing direct support to the VPSA, along with the Special Assistant to the Vice President.
Dianne Wei, Budget and Operations Analyst
Dianne Wei, Budget and Operations Analyst, earned a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Entertainment from the University of Southern California in 2003. After graduation she moved back to her hometown of Ventura County and worked as the Executive Assistant to the President for a small non-profit company named Film Clips Spirit of America. In November 2004, Dianne joined CSU Channel Islands (CI) as the Development Assistant in the Division of University Advancement. While in University Advancement, she held two other positions: Development and Special Events Coordinator and Administrative and Budget Analyst. It was in her role as Administrative and Budget Analyst that she found her passion for budgets and analysis. She managed the CI Foundation budget and collaborated with many individuals across campus.
Dianne joined the Division of Student Affairs in August 2013. In her current position, Dianne assists with the management of budgets within the Division of Student Affairs. Additionally, she assists with the development of streamlined processes and procedures, and provides support to the Student Fee Advisory Fee Committee, Recreation and Athletic Fee Committee, and Student Health Advisory Fee Committee.