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CSU Fullerton names new VP of student affairs

Berenecea Johnson Eanes is appointed following a nationwide search

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: June 06, 2012

Cal State Fullerton has a new vice president of student affairs. Following a nationwide search, Berenecea Johnson Eanes has been named to the position following the departure of Robert Palmer, who held the role from 1997 until his retirement in December 2011. Silas H. Abrego has been serving has interim vice president of student affairs in the meantime.

“I’m looking forward to my arrival at Cal State Fullerton,” Johnson Eanes said. “The diversity of the student population appeals to me. In many ways, the CSU system is similar to the CUNY system, so it’s an area where I feel comfortable. My experience has allowed me to work with diverse groups of students and deepen my understanding of their concerns.

Johnson Eanes’ current position as vice president of student affairs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice includes the supervision of student services and affairs, the Children’s and Women’s centers, community outreach, athletics, counseling and career services, accessibilities services, and the college’s Urban Male Initiative, a program aimed at providing young men from African American and Latino backgrounds with academic and social support in college. The John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a college within the City University of New York.

Besides her current role at John Jay, Johnson Eanes has had a long career of administering student programs at a number of institutions, including Hamilton College, Morehouse College, Columbia University and Georgia State University.

“Dr. Johnson Eanes’ experiences and skills will help us to continue advancing the university for many years to come,” said Mildred García, incoming president of Cal State Fullerton. “I know that she will be a strong colleague as she is deeply committed to the mission of CSU Fullerton.”

Johnson Eanes holds a doctorate in social work from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s in social work from Boston University. She earned her bachelor’s in public health from Dillard University. She will begin her new role at Fullerton in July.

“My goal is to ensure that student affairs continues to work closely with students and expand the guidance and access they need to succeed,” Johnson Eanes said.

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