Assistant dean supports student programs

Posted Sept. 22, 2006
Lindsey Gooding
Originally from Virginia, Chip West, assistant dean of student affairs and director of student life, came to La Verne two years ago because he liked the small school atmosphere. West is in charge of assessment for student services to help ULV meet Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation requirements.

Over the summer the University of La Verne recognized Raymond “Chip” West’s contributions to ULV with a promotion to assistant dean of student affairs and assessments.

West now serves double duty, as he continues his work as the director of student life, his title for the last two years.

During his tenure at ULV, West has made drastic changes to student life.

The new events and changes include a new orientation program, intramural sports, improvements to Greek life and others.

West has implemented many additional activities on and off campus.

With the help of his superiors, West developed the Campus Activities Board for ULV.

CAB is a student run group that puts on the events and activities on the ULV campus.

“I see this as a wonderful opportunity,” West said. “It’s time for expanding and gives me additional experience.”

West came to ULV after working in student life at larger schools such as Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Fullerton.

West said he wanted to get a small school experience.

“I really love working at La Verne,” West said. “I walk down the street and know most of the students I see.”

“Chip is very worthy of this position,” said Loretta Rahmani, dean of student affairs. “I know he will do a great job.”

West will now report to both Rahmani and Ruby S. Montaño-Cordova, the associate dean of student affairs.

Rahmani is confident that West has and will continue to engage students in activities, without letting other priorities slip.

“He is a lot busier and has a lot more meetings and projects,” said Liz Canales, a behavioral studies senior and West’s student assistant.

“He still keeps me in the loop, I don’t see him as much but we still have a lot of communication,” Canales said.

The student affairs office would like to give West an official assistant through ULV.

However, budget problems have left that position on hold.

Until the hold is lifted West will continue his hard work nearly solo.

He still has a high level of support from Barbara A. Mulligan, the associate director of student life.

Along with campus activities, West will now work on other strategic planning and assessment, all of which will help improve the University’s academic program.

He is also responsible for preparing ULV’s materials for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process.

WASC is the organization that reviews schools and colleges every 10 years to accredit the institution as a legitimate learning institution.

In order to pass the WASC accreditation process, West will have to show years of progress and achievement for ULV.

The next visit to ULV from WASC will come in 2010.

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