University Leadership

President Alexander Gonzalez and Cabinet

President Alexander Gonzalez Dr. Alexander Gonzalez has worked to transform Sacramento State into a premier regional institution since becoming the University’s 11th president in 2003. His experience spans more than three decades in public higher education in the California State University system, including service as a professor, department chair and provost. Dr. Gonzalez earned his bachelor's degree in history from Pomona College and his master’s degree and doctorate in psychology from UC Santa Cruz. He is also a U.S. Air Force veteran. In 2012, he launched his Redefine the Possible initiative to strengthen Sacramento State’s leadership as a university for the 21st century.
 
Like many Sacramento State students, Dr. Gonzalez is the first person in his family to attend college. He regularly posts updates and campus news on his website, and he invites everyone to check out Sacramento State.

Carol EnsleyChief of Staff
Carol Ensley

The Chief of Staff serves the President by providing effective, efficient and strategic support of his priorities and vision for the institution. The Chief of Staff also serves as a liaison to the vice presidents to advance the University’s mission.

John KepleyAssistant to the President and Director
of Presidential Communications

John Kepley

The Director is responsible for the President’s public remarks, updates and messages while advancing the University’s mission and commitment to open communications with all stakeholders.


Senior Leadership

Dr. Federika 'Fraka' HarmsenAcademic Affairs
Frederika "Fraka" Harmsen, Provost and Vice President

Academic Affairs is responsible for the academic success of all Sacramento State students. Its current mission includes reforming curriculum for the 21st century and adapting to new methods of delivering that curriculum.


Mike LeeAdministration and Business Affairs
Ming-Tung “Mike” Lee, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

The division’s responsibilities include business, facilities, financial, logistical and safety services for the campus, as well as construction oversight, the campus Master Plan, energy conservation and campus-wide sustainability efforts.


Lori VarlottaDivision of Planning, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Lori Varlotta, Senior Vice President

The division helps to plan and manage enrollment; recruit, retain and graduate students; foster a lifelong affinity for Sacramento State; and maintain and enhance the University’s commitment to access, diversity and the success of its students.


Christina LovelyHuman Resources
Christine D. Lovely, Vice President

HR ensures that Sacramento State attracts, develops, engages and retains a quality workforce that supports the University’s mission. Its two main units are Employee Services and Labor Relations & Compliance.


Larry GilbertInformation Resources and Technology
Larry Gilbert, Vice President and Chief Information Officer

IRT supports the University’s strategic initiatives through the seamless integration of information technology into all appropriate campus functions. IRT is a customer service unit working to foster excellence in teaching and learning, and to improve campus communications.


Phil GarciaPublic Affairs and Advocacy
Phil Garcia, Vice President

Public Affairs and Advocacy serves as the official voice of Sacramento State and is responsible for University-wide media relations, public relations and marketing, as well as government relations at the local, state and federal levels.


Vince SalesUniversity Advancement
Vince Sales, Vice President

The office helps the University by fostering understanding, building public trust and support, and creating an atmosphere conducive to generating gifts from private sources. Its responsibilities include alumni affairs and charitable gifts, as well as the establishment and management of partnerships with a wide variety of regional groups.


Jill PetersonUniversity Counsel
Jill Peterson

The University Counsel supports Sacramento State's mission by providing legal advice to its various programs and divisions. The office also manages and coordinates all legal services for Sacramento State.


Jim ReinhartUniversity Enterprises Inc.
Jim Reinhart, Executive Director

UEI is Sacramento State’s commercial-services auxiliary. More than $91 million in annual revenue comes from grants and contracts for such services as dining, student intern programs, off-campus student housing and bookstore commissions.