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New VP For Student Services

Published: June 16, 2014

Officials at CSULB have announced the selection of Carmen Tillery Taylor as the campus’ new vice president for student services. Interim President Donald J. Para, on behalf of President-Designate Jane Conoley, made the announcement to the campus community on Tuesday morning.

Currently serving as vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Indiana State University, Taylor has more than 20 years of experience in student affairs. She is expected to begin her duties around July 28.

“I am pleased to bring proven leadership to our already strong team of student services professionals. Student success is our top priority,” said Conoley. “In Dr. Taylor, we have a leader who shares this value and has a record of accomplishment in nurturing programs that make a difference in student engagement and graduation rates.”

Taylor has been at Indiana State since 2007 when she took over the job as dean of students. In 2010, she kept her dean title and added the vice president’s role, overseeing a budget of about $4 million and 12 departments serving more than 12,000 students.

“I am excited to be joining the Student Services Division at Long Beach State University,” Taylor said. “I have loved my time at Indiana State and appreciate the experiences there that have prepared me to join the dynamic leadership team at ‘The Beach.’ I look forward to greater challenges and opportunities to promote the student experience and student success.”

Taylor earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration, with an emphasis in finance, from Northern Illinois University in 1984. She received both her master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education student personnel from Iowa State University.

Prior to Indiana State, Taylor served as director of the student support services program at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, N.C., for two years; as executive director of housing and resident life for the Division of Student Affairs at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro for three years; and as dean of Upper-Class Campus and assistant dean for the Office of Student Development at Duke University in Durham, N.C., for nearly five years.

Other institutions she has worked at include Purdue University, Syracuse University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The mission of CSULB’s Division of Students Services is to assist students in achieving their academic goals and enhancing their personal, intellectual and social development through the provision of a broad range of programs and services.

The division strives to enhance and support the academic mission of the university, to assure the rights of the individual and to seek solutions to persistent issues and programs. It also works to contribute to the development and maintenance of a healthy, safe and orderly campus environment that is responsive to the needs of a diverse student body and conducive to the development of leadership, citizenship and collegiality of students.

Carmen Tillery Taylor
Carmen Tillery Taylor

As the division’s vice president, Taylor will report directly to the president and will be the administrative officer responsible for student affairs and student services operations. She will provide leadership and strategic direction in the administration of a comprehensive range of services, policies, and procedures related to student services programming and planning.

Among the many offices she will oversee are the Career Development Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Disabled Student Services, Educational Equity Services, Educational Opportunity Program, Housing and Residential Life, Judicial Affairs, Student Health Services, Student Life and Development, Testing, Evaluation and Assessment, University Outreach and School Relations and Veteran Services.

The vice president also will provide programmatic oversight of the Associated Students, Inc., the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center and the University Student Union.

A first-generation student herself, Taylor understands the mission of Education Opportunity Programs and she once served as the principal investigator on a federal TRIO program grant. She also created a retention program for students of color, oversaw the creation of learning communities and co-educational living units and established the first 24-hour on-call housing system at a historically black college.

–Terri Carbaugh