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Dr. Pamella Oliver serves as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Oliver is a member of the University cabinet and leads division engagement in areas of institutional priority. She currently serves as co-chair of the Graduation Initiative 2025 Advisory Group and WASC Accreditation Steering Committee. She works with colleagues across divisions to support the launch of the university’s first ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, update of the university’s physical master plan, and enrollment management efforts and to action the institution’s commitment to equity and inclusion.

As Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Oliver provides leadership for division student success initiatives and the planning and management of academic, instructional, and financial resources supporting teaching and scholarly activities. Cal State Fullerton is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPI) eligible institution serving 40,000 diverse undergraduate and graduate students. The Division of Academic Affairs includes eight colleges; approximately 2,195 faculty and 612 staff; and administrative units including Academic Programs, Academic Operations, Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, Academic Finances and Space Management, Research and Sponsored Projects, Strategic Initiatives, South County Operations and Initiatives, Library, and Extension and International Programs with an overall budget of approximately $250M.

From 2016-2018, Dr. Oliver served as associate vice president for Academic Programs to provide leadership in degree planning and curriculum development, student success and quality assurance for the university’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Oliver began her career at Cal State Fullerton in 2001 as an assistant professor of Child and Adolescent Studies. She is currently a full professor, a fellow of the Western Psychological Association, co-director of the Fullerton Longitudinal Study and has served in leadership positions on campus Curriculum Committees, Educational Effectiveness, Assessment of Student Learning and Student Success Teams.

Dr. Oliver earned a master’s degree in psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California.