Dr. Anna Gonzalez (she/her) is a nationally recognized student affairs leader with almost 30 years experience in higher education. As the VCSA, Dr. G.’s primary focus will be on support and leadership of the university’s renowned Division of Student Affairs, engagement with students to recognize and understand their needs to enhance their experiences, development of effective means to support and assess the co-curricular learning of students, and providing a sense of community and fostering student learning and personal development. Areas that she oversees include Athletics & Recreation, Residential Life, Wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, Orientation, Student Activities, and the Career Center.
She previously held senior leadership positions at the University of California, Irvine, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Harvey Mudd College, Lewis & Clark College, and Semester at Sea. She was the founding faculty member and program director for the master’s program in student affairs administration in the Graduate School of Counseling and Education at Lewis & Clark College and later a faculty member and director of the master’s program in Student Affairs & Educational Justice at Claremont Graduate University. She has been honored nationally for her leadership with the Pillar of the Profession and the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Dean from NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, an organization for which she currently serves on the national board of directors.
As an academic, Dr.G.’s research interests are focused on first-generation students, immigrant students, equity and diversity, higher education policy and governance, student affairs administration, and higher education finance. Her scholarly publications include the book “Transformational Encounters: Shaping Diverse College and University Leaders,” published in 2018.
A first-generation college student who immigrated to the United States at the age of 10, Gonzalez is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor’s degree in international business. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees, both in education, from Claremont Graduate University. In her spare time, “Dr. G.” enjoys traveling, getting to know the local food scene, gardening and spending lots of time with her two dogs, Rafa and Yoshi.