New Interim Vice President of Student Affairs

Friday, December 3, 2021, 4:45pm

Dear Campus Community,

I am excited to share the news and welcome Dr. Michael Young back to campus where he will serve once again, as Interim Vice President of Student Affairs. Dr. Young will join us on January 3, 2022, while we prepare to conduct a national search for this important university leadership position.

Dr. Young was previously Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UC Santa Barbara and is known for his collaborative leadership and expertise on student mental health issues. He previously served as Sonoma State University’s Interim Vice President of Student Affairs from 2016-2017. 

As you know, Dr. Greg ‘Doc’ Sawyer is retiring at the end of this year. His official last day will be  December 31, 2021, however, his last day on campus will be December 15. Dr. Laura Monje-Paulson will serve as the division’s acting administrator from December 15 until Dr. Young joins us on January 3.  Drs. Sawyer and Young have been meeting over the past couple of weeks to ensure the division and university experience a smooth transition. 

Please join me in extending Dr. Sawyer and his wife Rita our warmest wishes and our deepest appreciation for his service in support of our students. 

With Gratitude,
Judy K. Sakaki,