Marymount California University has named Ryan Alcantara, an adjunct professor at the USC Rossier School of Education, as its new vice president of student affairs and dean of students.

Alcantara, who served as the interim assistant vice chancellor and dean of students at the University of California, Riverside last year and was the associate vice president for student affairs at Cal State, Fullerton before that, will begin full-time at Marymount in July. He will replace former Dean of Students Shane Armstrong, who left the college about a year ago. Virginia Wade has filled the role in the interim.

Alcantara will provide oversight to the offices of student life, service learning, counseling, student health, conference services, athletics and residential life and will guide the development of services for the university’s student body of 1,020 undergraduate, transfer and graduate students.

Alcantara, who attended Catholic primary and secondary schools before earning a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Riverside, a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate degree in public administration from USC, said he is “excited about joining Marymount California University because its mission and values speak to me. They reflect my own commitment to service and justice, and providing students with an exceptional educational experience.”

— Megan Barnes

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