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Santa Monica College Appoints New Vice President of Academic Affairs

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June 23, 2014 – The dean who helped steer Santa Monica College through the latest budget crisis and emphasize education’s role in an increasingly global culture will take over as Vice President of Academic Affairs July 1.

Dr. Georgia L. Lorenz, the current Dean of Instructional Services, was appointed last Wednesday to replace Jeff Shimizu, who will retire from the post.

“Dr. Lorenz has an impressive grasp of strategic planning,” said SMC Superintendent and President Chui L. Tsang. 

“Her efforts to maximize student access during our major budget crisis – and to integrate Global Citizenship into our classes and culture – have made Santa Monica College more effective at helping our students succeed in a rapidly changing world.”

Dr. Lorenz started at SMC in 2005 as Director of Instructional Services, according to college officials. She was named Associate Dean of Instructional Services in 2006 and has been SMC’s Dean of Instructional Services since 2008.

Prior to her employment at SMC, Dr. Lorenz was Associate Director of the University of Southern California Center for Urban Education, where she managed grant-funded projects, according to school officials.

She also worked at USC as Assistant Director of Residential and Greek Life, managing and providing support for three residential colleges housing 900 students, along with paraprofessional staff and residence coordinators.

In addition, Dr. Lorenz has served as an adjunct professor at USC’s Rossier School of Education, as well as California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Described as an accomplished education researcher by her colleagues, Dr. Lorenz has authored, co-authored, or contributed to papers, journal articles and chapters in books related to the field of education, according to officials.

She currently serves as a member of the board for First Place for Youth, an organization dedicated to “helping foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood,” according to its website.

Dr. Lorenz earned a PhD in Educational Policy, Planning and Administration from USC. She also holds a Master of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University.

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