Dr. Geoffrey Chase

Dr. Geoffrey Chase, was appointed Provost at CSU Channel Islands in March 2017. Previously, he was the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of the Center for Regional Sustainability at San Diego State University from 2002 -2016, and most recently was Vice President of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Dr. Chase attended Ohio Wesleyan University, where he received the BA in English in 1971. He also holds an MAT from Miami University (Ohio) and the AM in English from Boston College. After receiving his PhD in American literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981, he taught for 11 years in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University of Ohio. While at Miami, he served as a Fulbright Scholar in Turku, Finland (1990-1991).

At San Diego State University, Dr. Chase played key roles in establishing the Weber University Honors College, the Center for Regional Sustainability, and developed and oversaw programs-undergraduate research, assessment of student learning, academic scholarships, community-based service learning, and faculty development aimed at increasing student completion, success, and achievement. During his tenure at San Diego State, the university posted the largest gains in graduation rates of any research institution in the United States, increased its diversity and erased the achievement gap for six-year graduation rates. Dr. Chase lectures widely on improving graduation rates, sustainability in higher education and he offers workshops on institutional change, leadership, and sustainability.

Scott Frisch

Dr. Scott Frisch has agreed to serve as the Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Planning and Undergraduate Initiatives effective in July 2016. Dr. Frisch brings a wealth of experience, both at Channel Islands and elsewhere in the CSU, to the position. He joined the Channel Islands faculty in the fall of 2003 and has seen the campus grow from its initial vision to its current reality. He served as program chair of Multiple Programs (programs in development), and later as Chair of Political Science, Global Studies and Freedom and Justice Studies. Prior to joining CI, Scott was Assistant and Associate Professor at CSU Bakersfield, and has taught at CSU San Marcos, Los Angeles, and Pomona as well as other institutions. 

His service on our campus includes the Fiscal Policies Committee, the President's Policy Planning Council, the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee, and the Academic Master Plan Task Force. He also brings to the position project management and leadership experience from his work at the United States Department of the Treasury. Dr. Frisch has published four books and numerous articles, and most recently published an edited collection with Dr. Sean Kelly, Politics to the Extreme: American Political Institutions in the 21st Century.

James Meriwether

In June 2016, Dr. James H. Meriwether was named Interim Dean for Arts and Sciences for AY 2016-17.  Jim Meriwether most recently served as Chair of History and Chair of Chicano/a Studies for five years.  During that time he also served as Chair of the Academic Senate from 2011-2013.  He has provided leadership to the campus community in a variety of committees and task forces, including the President's Policy and Planning Council, the University Strategic Planning Steering Committee, and the CI 2025 Steering Committee.  Additionally, Dr. Meriwether has twice been a Senior Fulbright Lecturer and Research Scholar, first at the University of Zimbabwe (2000-2001) and again at the University of Nairobi (2007-2008).  His scholarly work examines transnational connections between the United States and Africa, and he is the Author of Proudly We Can Be Africans: Black Americans and Africa, 1935-1961 (University of North Carolina Press).  He received his PhD in History from UCLA, and his BA from Duke University.

Hung Dang

Hung D. Dang, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, joined CSU Channel Islands in May 2014. Mr. Dang is a veteran administrator with over two decades of experience leading admissions and enrollment services. As Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Mr. Dang is responsible for leading student recruitment and undergraduate admissions, the registrar’s office, financial aid and scholarships, and systems and data management. Prior to joining CI, Mr. Dang served in leadership roles with the University of Hawaii Manoa, University of Washington Bothell, and University of Washington Tacoma. He holds a Master’s degree in Leadership & Organization from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Washington Seattle.

Kent Porter

Kent Porter joined CSU Channel Islands as the interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs in August 2017. He has over 35 years of human resources management experience in both the private and public sectors with an emphasis on labor and employee relations. In December 2014 Kent retired after having worked 24 years in the CSU in positions at the Chancellor’s Office and on two campuses. With the last 17 years of his CSU career devoted almost exclusively to the area of faculty affairs, Kent brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his position at Channel Islands. With the able assistance of the staff in the Office of Faculty Affairs, key responsibilities for Kent will include interpreting and administering the Unit 3 (Faculty) Collective Bargaining Agreement; administering and applying all academic personnel policies and procedures; overseeing the Retention, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) and student evaluations of teaching processes; overseeing the recruitment and appointment of tenure-track faculty and lecturers; providing counsel and advise to the Provost, academic administrators and others on a variety of academic personnel issues; and working constructively with union representatives on faculty bargaining unit matters.

Kent is a proud product of the CSU in that he received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Dominguez Hills campus and his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (with a human resources management concentration) from Cal State Fullerton.

Amy Wallace

Amy Wallace is the Dean of the Library at California State University, Channel Islands (CI). Most recently she was the Head of Public Services and Outreach at CI, where she has had the once in a lifetime opportunity to design and implement an information literacy program and other public services from the ground up. Over the years she has served in an eclectic mix of roles in academic libraries, including the Assistant Department Head for the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of California San Diego, Team Leader for Digital Libraries and Reference and Instruction Librarian for Religion and Women's Studies at the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges, and Off Campus Services Librarian for Chapman University. Her research interests include information literacy, library instruction, classroom design, and academic technologies.

Amy received her M.A. in History from San Diego State University and her M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University. She is actively involved in too many professional organizations to list. She currently serves as the Vice President - South for the California Association of College and Research Libraries (CARL) and Chapter Assembly Director for the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST).

William Cordeiro

William P. Cordeiro is the Dean of the Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics. Dr Cordeiro has a PhD in Executive Management and an MA in Management - both from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at The Claremont Graduate School - and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He also has Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of San Francisco. Dr Cordeiro publishes regularly (since 2001: two book chapters and 30 articles in peer reviewed journals) in the areas of Business School pedagogy, assessment of educational effectiveness, strategic planning and business ethics.

Brian Sevier

Dr. Brian Sevier is the Dean of the School of Education at California State University at Channel Islands. Prior to this position Brian was the Associate Dean of Education at Metro State University, Denver and the Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) Director of Standards and Instruction. As the CDE Director he led a team of k-12 content specialists in supporting Colorado educator’s transition to the Colorado Academic Standards. In addition to his work at the state level, Brian was an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education and the Director of the Elementary Education at the University of Northern Colorado. Brian first achieved tenure at the University of North Carolina and was a reappointed Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Across his educational career, Brian has published in numerous journals and texts representative of the curriculum and instruction spectrum. Brian has a strong background in standards, curriculum, instruction, and professional development through his work at the state level, his experience in developing/designing educator preparation programs, and his classroom and district-level experiences in Colorado schools.