I am delighted to announce that David Pearson will become the dean of our Imperial Valley Campus. Dr. Pearson is a professor of sociology and the former Vice President for Partnership Affairs at the University of Texas-Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, where he also served as President of the Academic Senate. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his doctoral degree from Yale University.
The University was extremely well served by the Dean’s Search Committee, chaired by Professor Mike Sabath and including Professors Donna Castaneda, Laurie Champion, Dan Finnegan, Carlos Herrera, William Payne, Rogelios Reyes and Catherine Todero, staff member Danielle Ingoglia, community member Norma Saikhon, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Ethan Singer, and students Glen Allegranza and Brianna Rangel. I am grateful to each of them for their efforts as well as to the numerous constituent groups that met with each finalist.
Dr. Pearson will begin his appointment on July 31, 2010, and I hope you will join me in welcoming him to his new role as Dean of San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus.