Henry Villegas held an interim role prior to the appointment.
Henry Villegas was appointed Dean of Studies at SDSU Imperial Valley. Before his permanent position, Villegas had been working on an interim basis since January 2021.
Villegas has more than 30 years of college administration experience, having served as Assistant Athletic Director for Student Development at Indiana State University, Associate Athletic Director for Student Development at the University of New Mexico, and Associate Director of Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs SDSU.
“DR. Villegas has demonstrated his commitment to student success, student well-being and the holistic student experience,” said the Vice President, Student Affairs and Campus Diversity. Luke Wood. “I am honored to call him my peers and pleased to see him selected for this important permanent position.”
Villegas received both his bachelor’s degree in social science education and his master’s degree in counseling from Indiana State University. He then earned his PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico. His areas of research include the impact of targeted student support on underserved populations and the application of student development theory to student affairs.
“We are very pleased that Dr. Villegas joins our SDSU Imperial Valley leadership team as incoming Dean of Studies,” said SDSU Imperial Valley Dean Guillermina Gina Nunez-Mchiri. “He is an excellent team builder and mentor who is willing to roll up his sleeves to get to work and find solutions to best serve our students.”
The announcement comes at a time of critical growth for the university. As announced earlier this year, SDSU will be Imperial Valley Expansion of its campus in BrawleyConstruction of a new STEM facility in the valley to house labs for STEM programs such as new accelerated BSN program. This renewable energy initiative builds on the university further investments and commitment to the surrounding community.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work with the dedicated team at SDSU Imperial Valley in providing ongoing support to our students. As we grow and expand our academic programs, we are also committed to providing an equitable and quality college experience for our students here in the Valley,” said Villegas. “I feel especially fortunate to be part of our SDSU Imperial Valley community in this one important period in the history of our university.”