Susan Borrego, Ph.D.

Professional Biography

Dr. Borrego assumed the position of Vice President of Student Affairs at CSU Monterey Bay in August 2005 after having served two years at University of Arkansas as Assistant and then, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students.

Dr. Borrego is a committed practitioner-scholar. She chose an administrative appointment so she could engage collaborations with academics and champion the pedagogy of student affairs. Dr. Borrego’s research and professional areas of expertise include student affairs, institutional diversity, high achievement programs, enrollment management, faculty-student affairs collaborations, service-learning, leadership development, and community outreach. Much of her work has been focused on facilitating relationships across a variety of constituencies in efforts to develop inclusive communities. Her doctoral research and continued scholarship explores issues of class and diversity. Her monograph, Class Matters: Beyond Access to Inclusion was published in March 2003 by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Dr. Borrego began her career in Admissions and Recruitment.  Broadly experienced in higher education, she has also held positions in Institutional Advancement, Public Information, Orientation, and Student Activities.  In addition to her other accomplishments, she was a finalist for the Socrates Teaching Award at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Borrego has a long record of leadership service and involvement in campus committees and community organizations. Her research on social class in higher education has catalyzed opportunities for consultation and collaboration. She is a consultant for the Irvine Campus Diversity Initiative project and a research associate for an accreditation study with the Western Association of Senior Colleges (WASC). She had served as an evaluator and consultant for a joint grant project between USC and the Department of Justice. Dr. Borrego serves as a faculty member for the NASPA Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program, an Adjunct Associate Professor in higher education at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. She is an effective student advocate, committed to issues of social justice and leadership development.

Personal Information

Dr. Borrego has two children – both in college. She and her partner live in Marina, CA.