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Announcing new faculty and staff, transfers, promotions and other notable changes
May 5, 2014

Janet DialJanet Dial to become Vice President for Advancement at Cal State LA


Janet (Schellhase) Dial  '89, '10, associate vice president for Development, will be leaving Pacific to assume a new position as vice president for University Advancement at Cal State Los Angeles beginning May 27.

Dial has been with the University since 1985 and served in a variety of roles, including her current position overseeing the fundraising teams for the academic units, major gifts, Athletics, the Brubeck Institute and Tomorrow Project; as interim vice president of Development; as director of the Annual Fund (currently Pacific Fund); and as director of Major Gifts for the Eberhardt School of Business. She also served as director of Admissions and as an admission counselor.  

Dial received a Master of Arts, Educational and Counseling Psychology/Communication from Pacific as well as a Doctor of Education, Higher Education and Leadership.  

"I am excited for Janet, and wish her the best in her new position," said Burnie Atterbury, vice president for Development and Alumni Relations. "She has made a great impact on Pacific in her many different leadership roles in both admissions and development. Her time at Pacific has strengthened the University in many ways and she will be widely missed by her many Pacific friends and colleagues."    

In her new role, Dial will serve as the principal advisor to Cal State L.A. President William A. Covino on all advancement matters and will also serve as the executive director of the Cal State L.A. Foundation. Overseeing the Division of University Advancement, Dial will play a central role in enhancing the visibility, image and public awareness of the university in order to attract new sources of funding and build lifelong relationships between Cal State L.A. and its alumni, parents and supporters. 

"Working at Pacific for the past 28 years has enabled me to make lasting relationships with alumni and friends of the University; this has been the most rewarding part of my time here," said Dial. "Being able to work with donors to see their gifts make an impact on Pacific has been so rewarding. I will miss Pacific very much, but look forward to keeping in touch with the many colleagues and alumni whom I have been privileged to know over the years." 

Cathy Dodson Wooton, associate vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, will be overseeing Dial's team on an interim basis. 

A reception to honor Dial will be held at the Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20. 

Welcome to Pacific

Terri Johnson appointed as new Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning 


Terri Johnson, director for the Center for Educational Technology and Innovation (CETI) at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has been appointed as the new director for Pacific's Center for Teaching and Learning.

As director, Johnson will support faculty in the development of effective teaching and assessment skills and strategies to enhance opportunities for students to learn. She will also spearhead initiatives in Pacific 2020 by supporting faculty to expand opportunities to teach and learn using multiple modalities, including use of educational technologies that both increase access and relevance for students, such as hybrid and on-line learning.  

Johnson has been director of CETI at Carroll University since 2008 where she oversaw operations, assisted in strategic planning, conducted training and supported innovative ideas related to teaching and learning. She is a frequent conference presenter on issues related to educational technology and faculty training. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master's certificate in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University.

She will begin her new position at Pacific on August 1. A welcome reception will be scheduled at the beginning of the fall semester.


Julie Anema is an administrative assistant II in the University Library.

Brandon Caruthers is a Technical Support Specialist I in the Office of Information Technology.

Gabe Vater and Michael Kelly are athletic facilities and event operations supervisors in Athletics.

Notable Changes

Kevin Johnson has been promoted to technology service provider in Assessment, Training and Technology.       

Jennifer Low has been promoted to associate director of student life events within the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement in Student Life. She will assist with all ASuop matters including student organization funding, events and student representation on committees, collaborations with ASuop Arts & Entertainment (A&E), Janet Leigh Theatre film series and securing film rights, Homecoming parade and lip sync, and sound equipment and tent rentals,

Mark Trujillo has been promoted to HVAC and plumbing manager in Physical Plant.

Ann Mazzaferro has transferred to the position of marketing coordinator for College of the Pacific in the Office of Communications.