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Fielding Graduate University President Richard Meyers announces his retirement

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Nov 06, 2012

Fielding Graduate University President Richard Meyers announces his retirement

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Provost Katrina Rogers to be acting president designee beginning summer 2013

Fielding Graduate University president, Dr. Richard Meyers, announced at the Board of Trustees meeting in Santa Barbara, CA, on Saturday, November 3, 2012, that he will not seek extension of his contract, which ends December 31, 2013. Dr. Meyers stated, “My vision has been to leave the university in a secure financial position with a future plan. My focus has been on increased shared governance, enhanced programs and degrees that prepare students to be more socially responsible, international components that make Fielding of value globally, and increased recognition of Fielding’s unique role in higher education.”

Dr. Meyers has a long and distinguished career in higher education, with over three decades serving as a university president.  He began his journey as a founding dean in Ridgecrest, CA at Cerro Coso Community College, then transitioned to president three years later as one of the youngest college presidents in the nation at that time. His distinguished career continued at Pasadena City College, Western Oregon University, and Webster University in St. Louis, and in all instances Dr. Meyers was responsible for significant increases in each university's endowment, enrollment, and expansion. Fielding Graduate University was Dr. Meyers' fifth presidential appointment in higher education, of which he states “Fielding is so extraordinarily unique.  My service here continues to be a labor of love…I am honored to add my name to the illustrious list of visionary leaders that preceded me.”

Throughout his career, Dr. Meyers received numerous awards and honors and distinguished himself as a champion of gender equity, race relations, shared governance and international education.  He developed international campuses and programs, was a Fulbright scholar in Egypt, received an honorary doctorate from Kansai University in Osaka, Japan for his work in science and culture, helped numerous women break through the “glass ceiling,” and was honored by the NAACP. He holds a music degree from De Paul University as well as masters and doctorates in instructional technology and psychology from University of Southern California. Following his retirement from Fielding, Dr. Meyers and his wife, Yakko, will continue to be an active part of the Santa Barbara community.

The Board accepted Dr. Meyers’ announcement with deep appreciation for his efforts on behalf of Fielding.  Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Michael Goldstein, JD, commented, “Dr. Meyers’ service to the university during a period of great upheaval in global higher education has helped position Fielding Graduate University to continue its pioneering role as the best graduate school for adult learners.” Dr. Meyers will step down as president at the end of the Fielding Graduate University Summer 2013 All-School Session in Washington, DC, July 2013, at which time Provost Katrina Rogers, PhD, will become Acting President Designee. 

Dr. Rogers currently serves as provost and senior vice president at Fielding.  In the educational and nonprofit sectors, Dr. Rogers has held many positions including as executive, consultant, board member, and teacher.  She led the European campus for Thunderbird School of Global Management in Geneva, Switzerland, for a nearly a decade, working with international organizations such as the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization, and the European Union as well as companies such as Renault, Nestlé, Club Med, Levi-Strauss, and Disneyland Paris.

Dr. Rogers is a leader in the field of conservation, most notably with the Grand Canyon Trust and the Arboretum, both located in Arizona.  She led conservation projects in rural communities, lobbied Congress for stronger environmental legislation, and participated in restoration work in the US, China, and Costa Rica.  In the course of her work, Dr. Rogers raised more than $20 million in grants and donations for conservation efforts throughout the country.

Dr. Rogers has served as board president for the Environmental Fund of Arizona and currently serves as a trustee for the Public Dialogue Consortium and the Toda Institute for Global Policy and Peace Research.  She was a student Fulbright scholar for two years in Germany at the University of Tubingen and received the prestigious Bundeskanzler post-doctoral fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  As for her upcoming role at Fielding, Dr. Rogers states, “I am honored that the President and the Board has placed their trust in me and our community as we build a future for Fielding based on our strong learning model for adult learners, informed by the relationships between our faculty and students.”

Mr. Goldstein announced: “The Board will immediately start the process leading to the selection and appointment of the next president of Fielding Graduate University.  As a first step, the Board will seek the input of the Fielding community respecting the characteristics desired of our future president.”

Tags: educational leadership, graduate fellows, community college, Distributed education, higher education, fielding graduate university, graduate education, Fulbright

Alumnus is recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

At its recent annual conference, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) recognized the 2012 recipients of its awards of excellence.

Fielding alumnus Ted Takamura, PhD (HOD ’97), assistant professor at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon, was selected as the 2012 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes outstanding faculty members from the IACBE community who are accomplished educators and have made meaningful and significant contributions to student learning in a way that advances academic quality in business education.

 Takamura’s work in enhancing student retention by integrating the accounting curricula of community colleges and a four-year university has resulted in an increase in the accounting student bases for both entities of over 80%. He initiated and implemented campus-wide curricular overhaul and assessment for all disciplines, including the development of an Accounting Certificate program that qualifies accounting candidates to sit for the standard exams of CPA, CMA, CFE, and CIA, within an 18 month period. Takamura shares his auditing and accounting expertise with transnational nonprofit, private, corporate, and educational organizations and institutions.

The IACBE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs.


Tags: educational leadership, Transformational learning, Organizational development, Advising and Student Development, community college, leadership, adult learning, higher education

Fielding student attends White House Community Action Summit

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Mar 21, 2012


In January, Fielding student Gloria Gutierrez attended the White House Hispanic Community Action Summit at Arizona State University. The Action Summit had three key goals:

1)       Establish a space where community leaders can meaningfully engage and interact with key decision and policy makers in the Obama Administration on matters involving diverse policy areas that affect the Hispanic community;

2)      Identify policy and programmatic areas of concern, receive and respond to constructive criticism and feedback, and identify local success stories and practices in policy areas that benefit the Hispanic community and our nation;

3)      Identify and develop opportunities for Hispanic leaders and stakeholders to collaborate with the Obama administration and other leaders from across the country in addressing the interests and concerns of the Hispanic community.

Seventeen representatives from the Obama administration were among the 300 participants. As cameras rolled, Gloria presented:

“I am Gloria Gutierrez, doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University interested in doing research for my dissertation on ways to increase the graduation rates of Latinas at the community college and four year college levels.  What challenges must they overcome to be successful?  Colleges will be the source of our future leaders.”

She was given a meeting time to meet with 25 participants, some of them Dream kids. Her take-away learning was:

Major barriers:

1)      Academically underprepared

2)      Financially unprepared

3)      Immigration issues

4)      Work/life balance

5)      Lack of support system

Proposed solutions:

1)      Educate families on ways to get their kids into college

2)      American Dream Academy

3)      Financial scholarships for students

4)      Pass the Dream Act

5)      Work/life balance

6)      Identify mentors/support system

7)      Utilize social media to do outreach to the young


Tags: social justice, diversity, conference, community college, philanthropy

New dean for Fielding's School of Educational Leadership & Change

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Oct 17, 2011

Mario R. Borunda, EdD, will assume the position of dean of the School of Educational MB smallLeadership & Change at Fielding Graduate University as of January 1, 2012.

In announcing Borunda’s appointment, Fielding President Richard Meyers, PhD, wrote “We are honored that Dr. Borunda has accepted our invitation to assume this vital leadership role in our university. In the relatively short period since it was founded, ELC has established a well-earned reputation as a quality leader in higher education. It is highly regarded for its relevant community-based curriculum for creative change in our nation’s schools. We are certain Dr. Borunda will honor what the school has accomplished and take it to an even greater influential role in educational leadership.”

 Borunda comes to Fielding from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where he was dean of the School of Education and led a significant expansion of its programs and enrollment. Prior positions included vice president at the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller and dean of the graduate school at Wheelock College in Boston.

Borunda is a native of southern California where he started his career as an elementary school teacher. He earned a master’s degree in childhood development from Boston University and then a doctoral degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. During his time there he served as the chair of the Harvard Educational Review and co-founder of the Center for Urban and Minority Education.

He is known throughout the country, and especially in the northeast, as a leading expert in early childhood education and in the K-12 arena, having been active in numerous school reform organizations and private and public boards including the Massachusetts Early Education and Care Council and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Assessment and Accountability Committee.

Borunda has a track record for collaborative leadership and working with people and organizations to help them achieve their aspirations. He sees in Fielding a shared passion for using transformative education to achieve the goals of social justice and diversity in our society.


Tags: community college, adult learning, Distributed education, higher education, graduate education

2nd Annual Online Summer Institute for Community Colleges, June 9 & 10 '10

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Apr 30, 2010

The 2nd Annual Online Summer Institute for Community Colleges (OSICC) will be held on June 9 and 10, 2010. This year's theme is Leadership for Today; Leadership for Tomorrow. The annual event, co-hosted by Fielding Graduate University and Learning Times, is staged to become one of the most significant gatherings of leaders in the community college movement.   

U.S. Undersecretary for Education, Martha Kanter, will be the keynote speaker. In preparing her remarks, she has said, "Becoming a community college leader in the 21st century presents new opportunities and challenges like never before. There is no greater privilege I can imagine than being selected to lead an institution of higher education."

The focus of the conference will be on the development of leadership in community colleges. Seven sessions over two days will provide a platform for dialogue and information exchange for non-degree development initiatives at the national, state, and local levels - including those with a diversity emphasis.

A panel of college chancellors and presidents will respond to Kanter's keynote and includes Geraldine Perri, superintendent and president of Citrus College; Constance Carroll, chancellor, San Diego Community College District; Joseph Hankin, president, Westchester Community College; Randy Smith, president, Western Oklahoma State College and president, Alliance of Rural Community Colleges; and  Gina Cortés-Suárez, president, Miami Dade, Community College, InterAmerican Campus.

The OSICC is totally online and offers affordable group packages. To learn more, visit

or contact Dean Judy Witt, Educational Leadership & Change,

Fielding Graduate University - - 805.898.2040

Tags: conference, community college, leadership