Maria Blandizzi joined Pacific in 2021 as the Vice President for Student Life. She previously served as the dean for students at UCLA, where she led a 60-person team responsible for student services and activities, including student conduct, LGBTQ programs, student alumni programs, family engagement, accessibility, financial wellness, Title IX, crisis response and campus climate. She also served as advisor to student government leaders.
Before joining UCLA, Blandizzi was director of special projects for the vice chancellor of student affairs at University of California San Francisco and, prior to that, served as a student affairs policy and program analyst for the University of California Office of the President. She earned her EdD from the Rossier School of Education at USC and her MA in education from Columbia University. She holds undergraduate degrees in sociology and anthropology from University of California Irvine.
Blandizzi holds membership in NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education; ACPA, College Student Educators International; and the Association for the Study of Higher Education.