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Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) has announced Indiana State University (ISU) Dean of Students Carmen Tillery Taylor as its new Vice President for Student Services.

CarmenTilleryHaving been at ISU since 2007, Taylor expanded her Dean role to include an additional title of Vice Present for Student Affairs in 2010, overseeing a budget of $4M, 12 departments, and 12,000 students.

“I am excited to be joining the Student Services Division at Long Beach State University,” Taylor said in a statement. “I have loved my time at Indiana State and appreciate the experiences there that have prepared me to join the dynamic leadership team at ‘The Beach.’ I look forward to greater challenges and opportunities to promote the student experience and student success.”

Taylor is a first-generation higher education student whose background education includes a BS in Business Adminsitration from Northern Illinois University as well as a master’s and doctoral degree in higher education from Iowa State University. She has held posts at colleges and universities across the country, including Randolph Community College, North Carolina A&T University, and Duke University.

“I am pleased to bring proven leadership to our already strong team of student services professionals. Student success is our top priority,” said President-Designate Jane Conoley in a statement. “In Dr. Taylor we have a leader who shares this value and has a record of accomplishment in nurturing programs that make a difference in student engagement and graduation rates.”

The role of the Division of Student Services is to provide tools for and assist students in achieving their academic goals. Covering student concerns from civil rights to health, safety on campus to diversity, it is the university’s key student-centric division.