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UCLA's Camarillo to direct residential education

STANFORD -- Jane Camarillo, who directs the largest cluster of residential complexes at the University of California-Los Angeles, has been appointed Stanford's new director of residential education and graduate residences, effective July 15.

Camarillo received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Texas-San Antonio in 1979, and a master's degree (1981) and doctorate (1990) in psychology from UCLA. Her dissertation examined the adequacy of social support provided to female undergraduates in three ethnic groups.

In her current position, she has been responsible for the management of two high rise and two residential suite complexes at UCLA that house approximately 2,700 undergraduate students. She has developed counseling and crisis intervention procedures, coordinated student staff evaluation and multicultural education, and implemented an annual "quality of Life" survey.

"I think we were all impressed by her very active involvement in dormitory life at UCLA," said Stanford Registrar Roger Printup, who chaired the search committee, which was made up of faculty, students and staff.

"UCLA's residential education effort is nowhere as extensive as Stanford's, but the fact that she was able to get faculty involved in such a positive way was important for the committee here," he said.

Printup also said that Camarillo has had much experience dealing with student crises, and that her having lived in graduate residences at UCLA will be helpful in her new role at Stanford.

"She came across as being calm and strong at the same time," Printup said, "and that is what you need in a position like this. The director of residential education has to be the eye of a hurricane, and when necessary, be willing to take action to make things happen."

Camarillo's appointment fills a position that has been vacant at Stanford for the past three years, since the resignation of longtime director of residential education Alice Supton.

Until last year, associate directors Diana Conklin and Ann Porteus shared the position as acting co-directors; this year Porteus has been going it alone.

"We owe a great debt of gratitude to Ann Porteus who has kept Residential Education whole during these times of uncertainty," said Mary Edmonds, vice provost and dean for student affairs. "She has shown great strength, resilience, and commitment to Residential Education by pledging to work cooperatively with Jane to make the transition a smooth one."

At Stanford, Camarillo will be responsible for the overall quality of student life in 80 living units, ranging from dormitories to small row houses. In addition to working closely with Stanford's 36 resident fellows, she will be responsible for oversight of the professional staff in the Office of Residential Education and an annual budget of $4 million.

Edmonds said the new director's role will be focused on integrating the residential environment more closely with the teaching and research that goes on in Stanford's classrooms and laboratories.



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