Senior Leadership Team
Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Services
Nancy Dority is responsible for Admissions and Records, including application processing and evaluation, admission, registration, and graduation. Under her leadership, Admissions and Records responds to the needs of students, parents, and the Cal State Fullerton community in a complex and shifting enrollment landscape. Originally from the East Coast, Ms. Dority earned her B.A. in French at Rutgers College and her M.B.A. from the University of Redlands. She spent 10 years in Admissions at Rutgers University, New Brunswick before joining Cal State Fullerton in 1990.
Interim Associate Vice President, Academic Operations
Mark Filowitz joined CSUF in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as a faculty member in 2000 after a 23-year career in the automotive industry. He holds a doctorate and two master’s degrees in physical chemistry from Columbia University. He became department co-chair in 2004 and was appointed as the associate dean for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) in 2008. He is an academic senator and serves in leadership positions on the Academic Standards Committee, the Supplemental Instruction team, the NSM Student Success Team, the President’s Scholars Committee, and the Enrollment Management Committee. He has been principal investigator or on the management team for projects that have brought in over $9 million in external funding for STEM transfer student success initiatives. He became interim AVP for Academic Operations in August 2016 and concurrently performs his duties as associate dean for NSM.
Assistant Vice President, Academic Operations and Finance
Lisa Kopecky earned her B.A. in Marketing and Communications from Bryant College and an M.B.A. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She joined Cal State Fullerton in 2002 and is currently the principal resource, operations, budget, space, and procurement manager for the Division of Academic Affairs. In summer 2008, she led the largest renovation and relocation project in Cal State Fullerton’s history, which involved more than 750 offices and 70,000 square feet. Other projects include providing direction to hundreds of classroom and facilities improvement projects, coordinating division strategic investment plans to operationalize the University Strategic Plan, the design and roll-out of a new base budget model, the development of a new financial reporting dashboard for improved information sharing, planning, and funds management, and the development of a new overload pay workflow system to streamline processing efforts across campus.
Yusheng "Chris" Liu
Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Projects
Yusheng "Chris" Liu joined Cal State Fullerton in January 2017. Previously he served as associate vice president for research at Prairie View A&M University, director of the Center for Excellence in Paleontology at East Tennessee State University, and program director at the National Science Foundation, where he managed the Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology program under the Directorate for Geosciences and co-managed two cross-disciplinary programs under the Directorate for Biological Sciences. He earned a doctorate and master of science degree from Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as well as a bachelor of science degree from Sichuan University.
Director, Institutional Research and Analytical Studies (IRAS)
Sunny Moon has worked as an institutional researcher for fifteen years, with expertise in student retention and student success in higher education. She provides analytical leadership in support of Cal State Fullerton's efforts in planning and effectiveness, and directs multiple research projects to support institutional decision-making. Under her leadership, a research paper on the effectiveness of High-Impact Practices on student retention and success at program and course levels received the 2013 Institutional Research Leadership in Student Retention Award at the National Symposium on Student Retention. Dr. Moon received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California and worked as a post-doctoral researcher in USC's Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis.
Interim Associate Vice President, Academic Programs
Pamella Oliver joined California State University, Fullerton as a faculty member in 2001 with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California, having earned her Master’s degree in psychology at CSUF. She is a professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies, a fellow of the Western Psychological Association, co-director of the Fullerton Longitudinal Study and has served in leadership positions in the University and College of Health and Human Development on Curriculum Committees, Educational Effectiveness, Assessment of Student Learning, and Student Success Teams. She became Interim AVPAP in July 2016 and currently provides leadership and administrative functions for Academic Programs in degree planning and curriculum development, student success, and quality assurance for the university’s undergraduate and graduate programs.
Interim Assistant Vice President, Faculty Support Services
Kristin Stang joined California State University, Fullerton as an assistant professor in the College of Education in 2003, and earned her B.S. in Education and Social Policy and her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Program in Learning Disabilities, both from Northwestern University. While at CSUF she has served as coordinator of the Accessible Technology Initiative, director of the Academic Technology Center, co-chair of the Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative, interim director of Academic Technology, and interim director of the Faculty Development Center, and was the 2015 College of Education’s Distinguished Faculty Member. In July 2016, she became interim assistant vice president for Faculty Support Services, supporting the Faculty Commons which includes the Faculty Development Center, Online Education and Training, Faculty Affairs and Records and the Academic Technology Center.
Mary Ann Villarreal
Assistant Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Mary Ann Villarreal joined Cal State Fullerton as director of Strategic Initiatives in 2014. She earned her doctorate in History from Arizona State University and her A.B. from Mount Holyoke College. Her portfolio includes High-Impact Practices (HIPs), coordinating the AMP Steering Committee, faculty diversity and recruitment, and serving as a representative in national organizations. Dr. Villarreal will continue to chair the President's Commission on Equity and Inclusion (PCEI). Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, she served as associate dean at the Colorado Women’s College, University of Denver. She has also held faculty positions at the University of Colorado, Boulder and at the University of Utah. Her recent manuscript, Listening to Rosita: The Business of Tejana and Culture, 1930-1955 (University of Oklahoma Press, October 2015), was awarded the 2016 Américo Paredes Book Award by South Texas College, Center for Mexican American Studies.
Interim Associate Vice President, South County Operations and Initiatives
Stephan Walk joined the faculty at Cal State Fullerton in 1994 after earning a dual major doctoral degree in Kinesiology and Sociology from Michigan State University. He has served in a number of leadership positions, including president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, five years as chair of the Department of Kinesiology, eight years as Cal State Fullerton's faculty athletics representative, and three years on the Executive Committee of the CSUF Academic Senate. Steve stepped in as interim athletic director at Cal State Fullerton in 2012 and most recently served as associate dean in the College of Health and Human Development. Dr. Walk was a 2015-2016 American Council on Education fellow.