DEPC at Cal State University San Bernardino

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Palm Desert Health Sciences Building on the Palm Desert Campus of Cal State University San Bernardino 37-500 Cook Street, Palm Desert
Speaker: Sharon Brown-Welty

December 9th event will be held in the lobby of the Palm Desert Health Sciences Building on the Palm Desert Campus of Cal State University San Bernardino. The campus is located at 37-500 Cook Street, Palm Desert.


Parking for guests will be free that evening. Lulu’s will be providing tray passed hors d’oeuvres plus a crudites and antipasto station as well as a carving station.  Dean Sharon Brown-Welty will be addressing the group. 





CSUSB names Fresno State educator new dean of Palm Desert Campus


PALM DESERT, Calif. – Sharon Brown-Welty, the associate director of the doctoral program in educational leadership at Fresno State University, has been named the new dean of Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus. She will begin July 1, 2014.


Brown-Welty, who joined Fresno State in 1993, has served in a number of positions there, including as dean of graduate studies, department chair of educational research and administration and associate vice president for academic affairs. Prior to arriving at Fresno State, she served at Indiana University of Pennsylvania as the assistant provost, the associate provost, and as the assistant to the vice president for finance.


“We’re delighted to have someone of Dr. Brown-Welty’s stature in the education community as well as her vast experience as a university administrator to lead our Palm Desert Campus,” said CSUSB President Tomás Morales. “Our decision was informed by the tremendous level of feedback we received from campus and community constituents. We both believe Sharon will hit the ground running and make an immediate impact in the Coachella Valley.”


“I am so pleased and honored to be joining the Palm Desert Campus as the new dean,” Brown-Welty said. “I look forward to working with the campus staff, the supportive community and the College of the Desert to increase the college going rate in the Coachella Valley as well as to provide an outstanding college experience to current and future students.”


“These are exciting times and I look forward to connecting with the leadership of the Coachella Valley, students, faculty, and staff in the coming days,” she said. 


Brown-Welty will take over from David Maynard, chair of the CSUSB chemistry department, who has served as interim dean of the Palm Desert Campus since the start of 2014.


“I want to extend my personal thanks and appreciation to David for his dedication and wonderful leadership in stepping in to lead the Palm Desert Campus over the past few months,” Morales said.


The Palm Desert Campus was developed through a unique public-private partnership between the state and the community, which pooled their resources to develop the campus. Local financial support funded the construction of the campus facilities, which the state furnishes and maintains.


The Mary Stuart Rogers Gateway Building opened as the first structure at the new campus in 2002. Today, the campus has three additional buildings: The Indian Wells Center for Educational Excellence, which houses classrooms and offices; The Indian Wells Theater, which brings top-notch entertainment to the campus; and the Palm Desert Health Sciences Building, which houses the campus’s nursing program, the student health center and biology and chemistry labs.


Last fall, the Palm Desert Campus became the Coachella Valley’s first four-year university when it admitted its inaugural freshman class of 106 students. The campus had previously only served upper-division and graduate students. Undergraduates from the region typically completed their lower-division courses at the College of the Desert or another community college before transferring to the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus.


Brown-Welty has been published in a number of professional education journals and periodicals. She is also the author of a number of book chapters on educational leadership and has served as an editor and reviewer for professional education publications. She has also made many major presentations on educational leadership.


Working as a consultant in education for a number of public elementary and secondary schools, Brown-Welty also has served on and taken leadership roles for many Fresno State, California State University, and national committees and organizations, including the CSU Advisory Board on Education Doctorates and the Carnegie Projects on Education Doctorates.


She is a member of the American Evaluation Association, the American Educational Research Association, and has been a member of the American Association of Higher Education and the California Association of Professors of Education Administration.


Brown-Welty was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi for significant contributions made toward the promotion of academic excellence at Fresno State. Recently she received a Top Ten Women of the Year in Fresno honor, the Leadership Fresno Outstanding Alumni Award as well as the Richter Award for Leadership, and the Provost Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring.


Brown-Welty has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an educational doctorate in higher education administration and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

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