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January 12, 2006
DH 06 RH02
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Acting CSUDH Athletic Director Patrick Guillen Gets Job Permanently
Guillen inherits post left vacant since August 2005

Carson, CA—New Athletics Director Patrick Guillen, who has been in the acting position at California State University, Dominguez Hills since Nov. 1, has earned the permanent position. The announcement was made Jan. 11 by Boice Bowman, vice president of Student Affairs. Guillen began his new position immediately.

    “I look forward with great anticipation to working closely with Patrick to take Toros Athletics to expanded levels of success while continuing to provide a great academic experience for our student-athletes,” said Bowman.  “The relationships Patrick has built over the years, as well as his knowledge of the Athletics Department, will allow him to keep CSUDH Athletics moving forward with continued success.”

    As the acting athletics director, Guillen already has secured several new corporate partners. They include the Carson Doubletree Hotel and an update of CSUDH’s corporate sponsorship with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. He has also overseen the appointment of a new faculty athletics representative, raised funds for new baseball and softball bleachers, helped secure a new title sponsorship from Anschutz Entertainment Group—better known simply as AEG and owner of the Home Depot and Staples centers—for the 2006 Toros Scholarship Golf Classic, sold venue advertising, centralized and updated concessions, and formulated future fundraising ideas. Those efforts could substantially increase CSUDH Athletics funding in 2006 and beyond.

    “I am thrilled to be appointed as the new director of athletics, and couldn’t ask for a better situation than working for a University that is a vital component to the community in which I was born and raised,” Guillen said.  “I am honored by the confidence that Dr. Boice Bowman, President James Lyons, Dr. Al Rodriguez [associate vice president of student affairs], and the entire search committee has shown me by elevating me to this post. I look forward to continuing to work with a very talented group of individuals in the athletics department, as well as the entire campus community, to take Toros Athletics to a new level of success.  But most of all, I am excited about rolling up my sleeves and working tirelessly on behalf of our students here at CSUDH.”

     Guillen has been an integral part of an athletics department that has captured an NCAA Division II men's soccer national championship, hosted the NCAA Division II Final Four women's soccer championship, and first- and second-round NCAA Division II men's soccer championships.  In addition, Guillen initiated the negotiation process that brought the Home Depot Center to the Carson campus three years ago.

    Guillen began his tenure in the Toros Athletics Department in 1995 after serving two years as the media relations director at Vanguard University (formerly Southern California College). As the assistant athletics director in charge of media relations, Guillen has been responsible for fundraising, working with the media, and community and public relations, as well as overseeing all home-event management operations.

    Prior to working in intercollegiate athletics, Guillen had a sales and marketing career in the healthcare industry, working as the area marketing manager for what was then the largest privately owned healthcare organization in the country, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Associates, Inc.

    Born in Torrance, Guillen's roots are fixed in Carson, having graduated from Carson High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Management and Marketing from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California, in 1987.

    Guillen replaces Ron Prettyman, who left Dominguez Hills in August, 2005 to be the athletic director of the Division I school Indiana State University. Prettyman, who was named the 2003-2004 Athletics Director of the Year by the Division II West Region National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, began his tenure as Dominguez Hills’ director in April, 1995. He came to the Toros from Vanguard University. During his administration, Prettyman expanded the department from eight to 11 sponsored sports, and he oversaw and coordinated the acquisition of the Hughes Education and Athletic Center.

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Last updated January 12, 2006, 2:43 p.m.,
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