Interim Provost Gloria Willingham was the keynote speaker for the 2011 ceremonial observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA. The event and her speech were widely covered and lauded in local media.
The SB Independent published a story about her experience as a student at Little Rock Central High School in the early 1960s. It is available at http://www.independent.com/news/2011/jan/19/nightmare-dream.News Archive
Gerardo Rodriquez-Menendez, PhD, has been appointed interim dean for the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University.
In announcing the appointment, Fielding President Richard Meyers, PhD, stated: "We are honored to have Gery take on this pivotal role. He is passionate and knowledgeable in the field of psychology and experienced in leading a school through the processes of change while staying true to the university's mission and vision."
Rodriquez earned his PhD in clinical psychology and an MS in general psychology from the Miami Institute of Psychology of the Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies. Additionally he completed a postdoctoral master’s in psychopharmacology from Nova Southeastern University.
His career spans a broad spectrum of responsibilities in education, administration, research, and consulting. As the chancellor at Carlos Albizu University, Miami Campus he managed the accreditation process of a clinical psychology program while concurrently teaching and providing clinical supervision to students.
Rodriguez is a practicing psychologist, an author of articles and books, and a frequent presenter at conferences across the country. Among his areas of expertise are promoting minority enrollment in clinical psychology programs and developing multicultural training models. Rodriquez is bilingual and has published on psychology topics in both English and Spanish.
In accepting the position, Rodriguez stated “For years I have admired Fielding and know of the high regard in which it’s held in the academic and psychology communities. I look forward to contributing to the university’s further growth and development.”