June 24, 2010

Sonoma State Provost Confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education

ochoa.jpgSonoma State University Provost Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa was confirmed by the U.S. Senate today as Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education (OPE). He will be sworn in July 1.

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.

Serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Sonoma State University in since 2003, Dr. Ochoa has been 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.

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.

He 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).


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)

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

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