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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 Associated Students Incorporated, Campus LifeHousing & Residential Education, Retention, Outreach & Inclusive Student Services, and Wellness & Athletics.

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The Division of Student Affairs is committed to on-going and continuous improvement. As part of our evaluation process, we invite you to share feedback regarding your experience with our programs, services and staff support by completing the Division of Student Affairs Feedback Form.

Vice President for Student Affairs Office Staff

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

Dr. Sawyer

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 & Strategic Operations Administrator

Dottie Ayer

Dottie Ayer, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) & Strategic Operations Administrator, 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, and her M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education concentration from CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI). Dottie joined CSUCI and the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) in December 2012. Prior to CSUCI, Dottie worked as a Policy Analyst with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Academic Senate for five years.

Dottie provides oversight to the Division's budget and staff resources, professional staff training, and assessment programs.  Additionally, Dottie serves on the VPSA Council, providing support and counsel to the VPSA, as well as assisting with research and ongoing projects.  


 Linda Demyan, Training Analyst

Linda Demyan

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 Specialist

Courtney Ellis

Courtney Ellis, Staff Resources Specialist, earned her B.A. in Communication at CSU Channel Islands in 2010. While working towards her degree, Courtney was employed at CSUCI 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.  Courtney is currently working towards a Master's degree in Higher Education. 

In her role, Courtney can assist with recruiting and hiring staff as well as personnel changes, serve as a resource for questions regarding Human Resources and Payroll issues or concerns, and assist with space and furniture planning for the Division of Student Affairs. 


Khatira Assil Tarvirdian, Assessment & Evaluation Analyst to the Vice President for Student Affairs Office

Khatira Assil Tarvirdian, Assessment & Evaluation Analyst for the Division of Student Affairs (DSA), earned an A.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychological Assessment from Moorpark Community College, earned a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Race, Inequality, and Language in Education from CSU Northridge (CSUN), and earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in Higher Education with an emphasis in Assessment and Critical World Languages at CSUN.  Khatira joined CSU Channel Island (CSUCI) and the DSA in April 2017.  Prior to CSUCI, Khatira worked as a Domestic Advisor & Residency Specialist II and Critical World Language Instructor for the Department of Defense (DOD). 

Khatira's primary responsibilities include assisting with research, analysis, planning and implementation of assessment-related initiatives on behalf of the DSA, supporting staff with the planning, implementation, and assessment of Division programs and services, reviewing program aims, objectives, outcomes, strategies, and additional assessment related reports, serving as the point of contact for the Division's Comprehensive Program Review (CPR) process, training and guiding Division members on the CPR review model, monitoring the areas' progress and providing ongoing assistance for completing the process, and also serving as the point of contact for the DSA data centralization requests.  


Dianne Wei, Budget and Operations Analyst

Dianne Wei

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.