Dr. Anna Ortiz named dean of the College of Education

Published April 28, 2023

Dr. Anna Ortiz will be the next dean of Cal State Long Beach’s College of Education, university Provost and Senior Vice President Karyn Scissum Gunn announced Friday.

Ortiz, a 30-year student development professor and practitioner, has been serving as interim dean since last year. Her new appointment is effective June 1.

“I look forward to helping the College and all of our students, staff and faculty achieve their education dreams,” Ortiz said.

Here is Gunn’s announcement:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Anna Ortiz has accepted our offer to be the Dean of the College of Education. After consultation with university leadership and shared governance, Dr. Ortiz’s appointment is set to begin on June 1, 2023. 

As the Interim Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Ortiz has mobilized college faculty and staff over the past year and has a proven track record of leadership. 

For over 30 years, Dr. Ortiz has been a student development educator in the classroom as a professor and as a practitioner in the field. Her research interests center around college student development, primarily in the areas of ethnic identity development, multicultural education, faculty development and professional issues in student affairs; having authored a range of publications including books, articles, and book chapters. 

At CSULB, she served on the faculty of the Student Development in Higher Education and Educational Doctorate Programs and led the Educational Doctorate for 10 years. She was instrumental in the creation of the Educational Leadership Department, serving as Department Chair for two terms. Dr. Ortiz is also deeply dedicated to Equity at The Beach and has served as co-chair of the President’s Equity and Change Commission, a faculty chair and member of CSULB Latinx Faculty and Staff Association, a Faculty Equity Advocate for the College of Education, and co-leads El Concilio for Latinx Success. In 2021 she was named CSULB Outstanding Professor. 

Dr. Ortiz’s professional endeavors also extend beyond The Beach. She is an active member and has held leadership positions within the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the American College Personnel Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the American Educational Research Association, and served as the founding director of the NASPA Faculty Division. 

Dr. Ortiz received her doctorate in higher education and organizational change from UCLA, her master’s from The Ohio State University, and bachelor’s from UC Davis. Additionally, she has served on the faculty at Michigan State University.

Dr. Ortiz’s institutional commitment to equity and visionary leadership are sure to benefit the College of Education and our campus. I am confident she will continue to move the college forward during this exciting new chapter. 

I would like to thank the entire search committee for their efforts throughout this process. I also would like to thank all those who attended candidate forums and took the time to submit their feedback. 

We are thrilled that Dr. Ortiz will continue serving on the leadership team and hope you join us in congratulating her on this appointment.