Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of Pomona College oversees the College’s leadership, planning and resources, working to ensure the continuing vitality of the institution and its ability to fulfill its mission now and for future generations.
G. Gabrielle Starr, President
G. Gabrielle Starr, a highly regarded scholar of English literature whose work reaches across neuroscience and the arts, joined Pomona College in 2017 as the 10th president of Pomona College.
Seth Allen, Vice President for Strategy & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Seth Allen, vice president for strategy and dean of admissions and financial aid, oversees offices that identify, recruit, enroll and retain an academically superior student body rich in talent and broad in diversity. The Office of Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid support this goal by communicating the value of a Pomona education; building relationships with prospective students, families, schools, programs, and the Pomona College community; providing counseling and financial assistance; and promoting the visibility of Pomona College.
Christina Ciambriello, Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board
In her role as Chief of Staff, Christina provides support to the President to ensure that the needs of members of the College community are met in a strategic, coordinated, and timely manner. Christina helps manage processes of cultural and institutional change that relate to the college’s strategic initiatives and plays a key role in implementing and communicating major campus and institutional initiatives.
As Secretary to the Board, Christina ensures that the Bylaws, Board policy statements and other official records are properly maintained and distributed. She serves as the primary liaison, planner, and staff person for the Board. The Secretary helps bring together and connects the Board to the administration, the institution and key stakeholders.
Avis Hinkson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Avis Hinkson, vice president and dean of students, oversees Student Affairs, residence halls, the dining programs, as well as the Dean of Students Office, Office of Housing and Residential Life, Smith Campus Center and its related areas, the Career Development Office, the Draper Center for Community Partnerships, and the Title IX coordinator and related student support services.
Mark Kendall, Chief Communications Officer
As chief communications officer, Mark Kendall leads the team responsible for media relations, government relations, social media, video, the college website, print publications and internal communications such as The Sagehen Report. The Communications Office works closely with partners across campus and finds meaningful ways to tell the College’s story to the wider world. The team amplifies the College’s voice and intellectual mission by promoting the work and expertise of Pomona faculty, students and staff in the media and public realm.
José Rodriguez, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
José Rodriguez, vice president and chief information officer, oversees Information Technology Services (ITS), providing strategic leadership, future planning and budget management for the College’s technology infrastructure. His staff provides client services, information systems, instructional services, media and classroom services, and network and infrastructure services.
Jeff Roth, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer
Vice President, chief operating officer and treasurer Jeff Roth oversees the Finance Office, including Finance Operations and Financial Planning and Analysis; Facilities and Campus Services, which manages construction and campus planning, maintenance, sustainability, summer conferences, dining, grounds and housekeeping; Human Resources; and Real Property.
Maria Watson, Vice President for Advancement
Maria Watson, vice president for Advancement, is responsible for outreach to alumni, parents, and friends of Pomona to foster meaningful engagement with the College and to encourage giving in the form of annual, endowed, and capital support of Pomona’s academic mission and priorities. Advancement includes Alumni and Family Engagement; Capital Giving; Foundation Relations & Strategic Initiatives; and Strategic Operations.
Yuqing Melanie Wu, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College
Yuqing Melanie Wu, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, is responsible for the quality of the academic program and for its continuing improvement. The office supports the faculty in their teaching and research, administers the academic program and helps the College explore new instructional initiatives.