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From the President: Update on Student Engagement and Success

CWU President Jim Wohlpart

CWU President Jim Wohlpart

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, we have been working with The Registry to hire an Interim Vice President for Student Engagement and Success. Today, I am pleased to announce that we have secured the services of Dr. Lucha Ortega, who will join us beginning August 1. 

Dr. Ortega brings with her 14 years as Vice President of Student Services and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Shasta College and Cal State, Monterey Bay. She has also served as an Interim Vice President at other institutions over the last few years. Her highest degrees include an EdD from the University of LaVerne and an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Thanks to all of you who provided feedback during this process.

With the departure of Dean Gregg Heinselman, Associate Dean Jenna Hyatt, and Associate Dean John Vasquez, we will take this opportunity to make several changes to the administrative structure in Student Engagement and Success. Many of you have offered suggestions and your assistance, which is greatly appreciated. We will meet with the leadership team in Student Success and Enrollment Management in early August to gather feedback on a proposed structure. If you have further thoughts on organizational structure, please let me know. We will be reaching out to the directors soon about setting up a meeting.

Please join me in thanking Gregg, Jenna, and John for their leadership and service to Central Washington University. They have done a great job over the past year of elevating our focus on student success. The year ahead will continue to be a time of clarification and team building as we lay the foundation for the future.

If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to contact me anytime.


A. James Wohlpart