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UCR appoints Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Enrollment

UCR appoints Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Enrollment

(June 5, 2001)

James W. Sandoval, interim vice chancellor for student services and enrollment at the University of California, Riverside, has been appointed to the position permanently. The appointment is effective July 1.

Sandoval, 40, who has served in the position on an interim basis since last July, succeeds Carmel Myers, who stepped down last summer to resume her law studies at the UCLA School of Law.

As vice chancellor of student services and enrollment, Sandoval will oversee a variety of student programs, including student outreach and retention, financial aid, course registration, student clubs and organizations, campus health and counseling services and career development programs.

"Jim has provided critical direction and leadership to the campus in countless ways," said UCR Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach. "He is a strong advocate for students and for the many services that support our students' development and well being, both inside and outside the classroom. He has a deep understanding of the technical areas in student services and enrollment that make significant differences in our students' successes. He is personally involved in each and every aspect of our outreach efforts that have resulted in a diverse student body of the highest quality."

Sandoval said there will be a number of opportunities and challenges associated with the growth of the campus from its current enrollment of 13,000 to an estimated 22,000 by the year 2010. "I see this as a great opportunity to take advantage of the growth we are experiencing to build for the future and to maintain UCR's very special qualities," he said. "I very much look forward to working with students, faculty and staff to build the best student services program possible for our campus."

Sandoval, who joined UCR in 1989 as financial aid director, most recently served as associate vice chancellor and registrar. In that capacity, he administered student outreach programs that saw UCR enrollment increase by 46 percent since 1995. He also managed financial aid and course registration functions, including the implementation of UCR's online system for class registration, billing information and degree checks.

Added to those responsibilities will be management of a variety of services including the Student Health Center, Learning Center and student clubs.

Sandoval earned his master's degree in public administration at California State University, Fullerton in 1987 and his bachelor's degree in political science at the University of San Diego in 1982. Prior to joining UCR, he was assistant director of financial aid at UC Irvine.

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