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DH 06 RH47
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Two new vice presidents appointed at CSU Dominguez Hills

Alumna Mary Ann Rodriguez takes financial reins; Janet Levine to lead
University Advancement

Carson, CA— Two new vice presidents have been appointed at California State University, Dominguez Hills: Janet Levine of Pasadena City College will take over as vice president of University Advancement on July 24, and Mary Ann Rodriguez, a Dominguez Hills alumna, began her duties May 22 as vice president of Administration and Finance.

Levine will take the reins from Justine Bell-Waters, who has been acting vice president of University Advancement for three years. Immediately before that assignment, Bell-Waters was the executive assistant to President James E. Lyons, Sr. Bell-Waters was a professor of Public Administration for 17 years.

Levine holds the positions of dean of External Relations and executive director of the Foundation at Pasadena City College. Prior to that, she was the executive director of the Foundation at El Camino College in Torrance. She has also held positions as director of Corporate and Technology Development at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, as well as director of Southern California Development Programs, at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  From 1988 through 1991, Levine was the director of Corporate Relations for the University of Southern California School of Engineering.

“I’m excited to be coming back to the South Bay again,” Levine said. “I’ll be near the people I got to know when I was at El Camino. El Camino, as a feeder college to Cal State Dominguez Hills, is a similar higher-education institution, working with the same people in the same community. As much as I have loved it, and do love it, at Pasadena City College, I am eagerly anticipating being back in the South Bay.”

Rodriguez earned a bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration at Cal State Long Beach, then earned her master’s degree in Business Administration at Dominguez Hills in 2004. She began her career in the California State University system working in the Chancellor’s Office as an assistant budget officer. She worked her way through the ranks to director of administration. In 2002, she came to CSUDH as the associate vice president of administration and finance, working with George Pardon, who retired April 28. Pardon, too, came from the Chancellor’s Office. He arrived at CSUDH eight years ago to serve as vice president of Administration and Finance and chief fiscal officer under the leadership of Interim President Herbert Carter.  Rodriguez served as executive-in-charge after Pardon’s retirement.

Among the responsibilities of Rodriguez’s department are accounting services, budget planning, business process management, facilities planning, physical plant management, procurement and contracts, logistical and supporting services, administrative oversite of the Foundation, Information Technology, risk management, environmental health, and occupational safety.

Levine will oversee the department that is responsible for the university’s internal and external communications, government and corporate relations, private-income fund-raising, promotion, events, alumni relations, and community and media relations.

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Last updated May 25, 2006, 5:03 p.m.,
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