April 15, 2005

Sheley appointed executive vice president

Joseph Sheley, who currently holds dual roles as dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies and interim director of Alumni Relations at Sacramento State, has been appointed the University's interim executive vice president. The appointment is effective June 1.

Photo of: Joseph Sheley
Joseph Sheley

In his new position, Sheley will assist President Alexander Gonzalez in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the University. He will also direct various special projects, including development of the Placer Campus and coordination of the ambitious Destination 2010 initiative to transform Sacramento State into a premier metropolitan university.

"Joe Sheley has proven himself to be a remarkable leader and asset for this University," President Gonzalez said. "He's able to build consensus and inspire people, and I'm confident he'll play an important part in improving Sacramento State."

Sheley's work will allow President Gonzalez to commit additional time to development and community relations, which he considers vital to fulfilling the goals of Destination 2010.

Sheley has been serving as both dean and interim director of Alumni Relations since last summer. He conceived Sacramento State's annual celebration of April as Alumni Month, and is broadly credited with strengthening the campus focus on maintaining strong ties with alumni.

Sheley will continue as dean and assist with Alumni Relations during the transition.

Sheley is twice a graduate of Sacramento State. He earned a bachelor's degree in social science and a master's degree in sociology here before going on to complete his doctorate at the University of Massachusetts.

Prior to returning to Sacramento State, he taught in and served as chair of the Department of Sociology at Tulane University. While with Tulane he also served as the academic program administrator for the HUD Campus Affiliates Program and was a Mellon Foundation Fellow and visiting lecturer in Cali, Colombia. In 1996 he returned to his alma mater as dean.

Sheley's academic and research interests stretch across the fields of criminology and sociology, and include specific areas such as social control, criminal justice policy, sociology of law, medical sociology, cross-cultural health and violence research.

A high-resolution image of Sheley is available for download at www.csus.edu/news/imagedownload. Media assistance is available by contacting Sacramento State Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156.

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