Student Affairs Leadership Team
Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes
Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes joined California State University, Fullerton as the Vice President of Student Affairs in July of 2012. In her previous position, Dr. Eanes served as Vice President of Student Affairs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York (CUNY), where she provided leadership and oversight to various student services since 2006. In this role, Dr. Eanes implemented new student programs, strategic plans, and assessment models, while creating an office of Community Outreach and Service Learning, and reengineering the Office of Career Services and Internships. Previously, Dr. Eanes served as an Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Accessibility at Hamilton College, and held leadership positions at Morehouse College and Columbia University. She has university teaching experience at several institutions including John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she also holds an appointment as Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Counseling Department. In addition to service as an education professional, Dr. Eanes has multiple publications and is currently a member of six student affairs professional associations. Dr. Eanes holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Social Work from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Dillard University.
Dr. Lea Jarnagin
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Jarnagin joined Cal State Fullerton in the spring of 1998 as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of the Arts, where she oversaw student leadership programs, student scholarships and contributed to enrollment management efforts of the college. Since then, she has held several other positions on campus including Associate Dean for New Student Programs, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs; she also served as the Dean of Students from 2011 - 2013. In her current role, she provides leadership for several departments including the college-based Assistant Deans for Student Affairs, the WoMen’s Center, Freshman Programs, Student Life & Leadership, Diversity Education Initiatives and the Dean of Students Office. In addition to active membership in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Lea serves as an adjunct faculty member in the CSUF Masters of Science in Higher Education Program. Lea received her B.A. in Sociology from CSU San Marcos, her M.S. in Counseling with a Specialization in Student Development in Higher Education from Cal State Long Beach and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from UCLA.
Dr. James L. Rodríguez
Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. James L. Rodríguez joined the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs as Interim Associate Vice President for the Student Transitions cluster in January 2014. In this role, he oversees University Outreach and Veterans Certification, New Student and Parent Programs, Financial Aid, Housing and Residence Life and Educational Partnerships. Dr. Rodríguez is also a professor of Child and Adolescent Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Prior to his appointment at CSUF in August 1998, he was an associate professor of education at San Diego State University. He has published widely in psychological and educational journals with his work primarily focused on the psychological development and education of ethnic minority populations in the United States, with an emphasis on educational access, opportunity, and achievement among immigrants and English learners. Dr. Rodríguez also serves as the Faculty Co-Chair of the Graduation Initiative Committee and on numerous boards and committees including the Closing the Gap Task Force, the College of Health and Human Development Strategic Planning Committee, and the HACU Student Success Collaborative Advisory Board. Dr. Rodríguez received a B.A. in psychology from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in education with a specialization in child and adolescent development from Stanford University.
Dr. Vijay Pendakur
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Vijay Pendakur joined the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs for the retention cluster in October 2014.
In this role, he oversees Student Academic Services, Student Health and Counseling and Psychological Services, Career Center, Center for Internships and Community Engagement, Veterans Services, Guardian Scholars Program, President’s Scholars Program, Disability Support Services, and Athletics Academic Services.
Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Pendakur served as the Director for the Office of Multicultural Student Success, a department charged with increasing the retention and persistence of low-income students, first generation students, and students of color at DePaul University.
Dr. Pendakur is an experienced trainer and facilitator on issues of social justice and diversity education, and has worked with colleges and universities throughout the country. His primary research interests are Asian American college students, critical race theory, and college student retention and student success interventions.
He holds a bachelor's degree in history and East Asian studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a master's degree in U.S. history from the University of California, San Diego, and a doctorate in education from DePaul University.
Director of Athletics
With over 20 years experience in athletics administration to his credit, Jim Donovan was appointed the 11th Director of Athletics at Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 21, 2012. Donovan, an Anaheim native who attended both Servite High School and Santa Ana College, joined the university after spending 17 years in the athletics department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, including serving as the director of athletics from 2008-12, overseeing the university's 21-sport operation with a budget of more than $30 million. He spearheaded a fund-raising effort that secured more than $40 million in public and private capital improvement projects and increased planned giving and major gifts from $5 million to an estimated $14 million. During his tenure, the athletic programs saw a collective improvement in both Academic Progress Rate (APR) and overall grade point average (GPA) while managing a department that included more than 120 full-time staff, 200-plus part-time staff, and 450-plus student-athletes. On the field, the Rainbow Warriors competed at a high level, making 20 postseason appearances, including two football bowl appearances, an NCAA semifinal appearance for women’s volleyball, softball’s inaugural appearance in the Women’s College World Series, and postseason tournament appearances for men’s basketball, sand volleyball, and men’s and women’s tennis. A 1983 graduate of Hawaii with a bachelor’s degree in geography, he also earned an executive master’s degree in business administration in 1996. (View full bio.)
Interim Executive Director, Associated Students, CSUF, Inc.
Kurt joined Cal State Fullerton in June of 1995 as the Assistant Director for Operations at the Titan Student Union, and most recently has served as the Titan Student Centers Director. In his current interim position, he oversees the ongoing operations and activities of the Associated Students, Titan Student Union, Student Recreation Center, and Children's Center. Kurt also has served as an active member of various professional associations in the field, including the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) and the Auxiliary Organizations Association (AOA). For the past eight years, Kurt has been an active member and officer of the California State University Risk Management Authority and the Auxiliary Organization Risk Management Authority (CSURMA/AORMA), a joint powers authority that provides for an array of insurance and risk management services to the overall California State University system. Kurt received his B.A. in Political Science from CSU Long Beach, and his M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg, MO.
Dr. David Forgues
Chief of Operations
Dr. Forgues joined the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in December of 2012. As Chief of Operations, he provides oversight for the office operations, division wide efforts in the areas of assessment and staff development and divisional budget and human resources matters. Dr. Forgues' experience in student affairs before coming to CSUF includes leadership positions in several functional areas. Most recently he served as the Assistant Dean in the Academic Success Center at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Prior to UNLV, he served as the Director of New Student Programs at Northern Arizona University. He also has held positions in Residence Life, Admissions, Judicial Affairs and Student Life. Dr. Forgues received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado. He earned his Master of Education in Student Affairs Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education from the University at Buffalo. His dissertation was titled Study Abroad and Students’ Openness to Diversity and Intercultural Sensitivity.
Anh H. Nelson
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs
Ms. Anh Nelson comes to the Office of the Vice President with over 10 years of experience, providing high level administrative, personal support, and customer service in higher education. Ms. Nelson joined the campus in 2001 as a Library Assistant in the Pollak Library and holds a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton in Liberal Studies. Prior to joining the VP Office she served as Assistant to the Director of the Faculty Development Center (FDC), Administrative Assistant to the University Librarian and Head of Library Circulation. In her current role, as Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs, Ms. Nelson provides direct support to Vice President Eanes as well as serve as office manager for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.