February 24, 2010

Sonoma State Provost Tapped by the White House for Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education

ochoa316.jpgSonoma State University is proud to announce that Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa has been selected by the White House as a nominee for the position of Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education (OPE).

Today President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Ochoa to the Senate sub-committee for review which is then forwarded to the full Senate for confirmation.

"Dr. Ochoa has been a tremendous asset as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Sonoma State University in regard to policy making and administration. His dedication to higher education and his academic administrative talents have earned well-deserved recognition by President Obama and the White House," says Ruben ArmiƱana, President of Sonoma State University.

Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa is currently Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Sonoma State University, which is part of the California State University system.

Serving in that position since 2003, he is responsible for all the University's academic programs, University strategic planning, its overall diversity initiative, and Sonoma's role in the CSU Graduation Initiative which aims to raise system-wide graduation rates.

As a member of the CSU Academic Council, Dr. Ochoa contributes to the CSU's academic administration and plays a significant role in system strategic planning and academic technology initiatives.

Prior to his position at Sonoma, Dr. Ochoa served for six years as Dean of the College of Business Administration at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and for thirteen years as Professor of Economics at California State University, Los Angeles.

Dr. Ochoa is a graduate of Reed College (B.A., Physics, Philosophy), Columbia University (M.S., Nuclear Engineering), and the New School for Social Research (Ph.D., Economics).

"Dr. Ochoa has made significant academic contributions to the CSU, and his experience and background will be a valuable asset to the Department of Education and their work on higher education," says Charles Reed, Chancellor of the California State University system.

The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) formulates federal postsecondary education policy and administers more than 40 programs that address critical national needs in support of its mission to increase access to quality postsecondary education.

Notable among these programs are the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), the TRIO programs such as Upward Bound and McNair Scholarships, and many other programs that support institutional development and undergraduate education, international education, and teacher and student development.


Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/index.html

White House Media Affairs Office at 202.456.6238 (phone) or 202.456.2239 (fax)

Susan Kashack, Sonoma State University, susan.kashack@sonoma.edu or (707) 664-2122.

Photos available by request or online at http://www.sonoma.edu/aa/provost/

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057