New provost sets ambitious goals

Posted March 2, 2007
Kelly Rivas
Alden Reimonenq, the University of La Verne’s new provost and vice president of academic affairs, comes to ULV after many years at various Northern California schools.

After the difficult task of driving a 10-foot truck from Northern to Southern California with enough belongings to furnish his new apartment, Alden Reimonenq was ready to begin work at the University of La Verne as the new provost and vice president of academic affairs.

His first day at La Verne was Thursday and he is looking forward to getting to know everyone on campus.

“He is a very capable person with excellent experience,” ULV President Steve Morgan said.

Reimonenq is joining the University from Cal State East Bay, where he was the dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

He also served as chief of staff to the president and as executive assistant to the provost at Cal State Northridge.

Prior to that Reimonenq served for 17 years on the faculty at St. Mary’s college in Moraga, where he twice held the position of English department chairman.

What attracted Reimonenq to La Verne, he said, is that it is a thriving institution with a newly accredited law school.

With a little work, he believes that the University can meet National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation.

Reimonenq, 52, was born and raised in New Orleans in a large, poor, Catholic family with four brothers and one sister.

“I always remember being very happy as long as I could keep my head in a book,” Reimonenq said.

Reimonenq received his undergraduate degree in English from the University of New Orleans. He was the first college graduate in his extended family for many years.

He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in English from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

“I believe that self-education is as important as formal classroom instruction,” Reimonenq said. “I also believe that the mark of educated people is that they have learned how to learn. I will never stop learning.”

Many of the challenges in the University’s Strategic Plan appeal to Reimonenq. Among those are hiring and retaining new faculty, and working on academic excellence in the regional campuses. He is also intrigued by the plan’s revision of the general education program as well as its emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism as critical parts of the University’s mission. And he said he looks forward to helping to change the culture of the University to one that is teaching intensive. research driven and technologically progressive.

“Finally, the University of La Verne is attractive to me because of the kind of student you teach here: first generation, 50 percent from minority groups, working-class, adult students,” Reimonenq said.

While at La Verne, Reimonenq plans to renew already established academic programs and to create new ones as well. He hopes to hear the voices and opinions of others as he takes the University of La Verne to its next level of academic excellence.

“I hope to work hard to make Academic Affairs, as a division within the University, the best it can be in service to our students,” Reimonenq said.
“He is a true academic administrator,” said Fred Yaffe, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of psychology said.

Along with being a profound scholar, Reimonenq belongs to the National Council of Deans of Arts and Letters, the American Council of Education and the San Francisco East Bay writing group.

Reimonenq is also an accomplished poet. His works are collected in “Hoodoo Headrag,” published by Windstorm Creative.

Madison Steff can be reached at msteff@ulv.edu.

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