Dr. Elizabeth Boretz
Assistant Vice President for Student Success, Director for the Academic Advisement Center
Dr. Boretz holds a B.A. in Spanish from the University of California-Riverside, an M.A. in romance languages from the University of Washington, an M.A. in educational leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Ph.D. in romance languages with a specialization in Spanish and Hispanic cultural studies from the University of Washington. She has served as assistant and associate professor of Spanish at Eastern Oregon University and an intern in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at the same university. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.
Since 2005, Dr. Boretz served as founding director of the Calvin E. Bright Success Center (formerly “Student Advising and Learning Center”) at the University of California-Merced, a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution. Her responsibilities there have included recruiting, hiring, and developing diverse staff; collaborating with faculty and Academic Affairs on policy review, revision, and proposals geared towards enhancing student success; uniting learning support services with Counseling and Psychological Services, Athletics, Health Education and Disability Services, and Career Services; developing and leading assessment and reporting efforts; leading academic advising and peer academic advising; grant writing; developing a support program for underrepresented students, transfer students, and undocumented students, as well as supporting former foster youth; overseeing and co-teaching a freshman success course; and leading midsemester intervention programs.