Fielding Graduate University News

Charles McClintock Appointed President of the Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Jun 02, 2014

From the Office of President Katrina Rogers, PhD

Charles McClintockOne of our senior academic leaders, Charles McClintock, PhD, is leaving Fielding’s administration to become president of the Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, a well-known law school here on the Central Coast. He will begin his appointment in mid-June on a part-time basis and assume the role full time in September.

Fielding has been fortunate to have the benefit of Charles’s leadership for these last thirteen years. As dean of the School of Human and Organizational Development (HOD) for eleven years from 2001 to 2012, McClintock guided the doctoral and masters programs to steady enrollments and curricular improvement, while recruiting fully half of HOD's diverse and academically strong doctoral faculty. HOD became a model for student-centered policies, faculty productivity and clear workload norms, scholarship, entrepreneurship, and alumni engagement.

While serving as dean, McClintock created the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) in 2002 through the first grant in Fielding's history obtained from the Irvine Foundation. Through ISI, McClintock supported development of the accredited Evidence Based Coaching program (one of our most profitable CE programs), the first endowed scholarship (Don Bushnell Scholarship for Organizational and Social Change), and the first endowed Chair for faculty research (the Malcolm Knowles Chair). In addition, through ISI Fielding has obtained grants and contracts from the McCune, Kellogg, and Kettering foundations among others, and many local and national organizations and philanthropies, including most recently the Foundation Center which supports nonprofits around the nation. These accomplishments and many other ISI projects over the years have provided much needed support for students, opportunities for alumni engagement, and have given Fielding the extra leverage needed to obtain the Carnegie Foundation national designation for Fielding as a Community Engaged University. I urge to you look at the ISI webpage ( to see the breadth of effort and documentation of research, continuing education, and consulting projects that simply did not exist at Fielding before the creation of ISI.

In addition to these significant contributions, McClintock applied his many years of experience at Cornell University to improve the rigor of our organizational processes, both within the School of HOD when he was Dean, and to the university as a whole. For all these reasons, McClintock leaves Fielding a much stronger institution than it would have been without his presence.

Finally, McClintock and his wife, Carol Wilburn, have made a leadership gift to support an archiving and history project that will chronicle Fielding's reputation as a pioneer in graduate education for working professionals founded on competency assessment and faculty mentoring. This gift, along with others we are exploring, will give us the means to create an archive of oral history and written materials that document Fielding's innovative role in the evolution of American graduate education. We are grateful to McClintock for his thirteen years of outstanding leadership and this generous parting gift.

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