Robyn Criswell-Bloom named Director of University Extended Education

Robyn Criswell-Bloom, who has compiled an impressive record of success during 19 years as an administrator in both public and private higher education, is the new Director of University Extended Education at California State University, Stanislaus.

Criswell-Bloom comes to CSU Stanislaus from the Midwest where she was a Campus Director for the University of Phoenix at its Cincinnati, Ohio, and Springfield, Missouri, campuses. During her four years as director, enrollment nearly doubled and the campuses were recognized as the best performing for the University of Phoenix in the Midwest Region. Previously, Criswell-Bloom served at the University of Central Missouri for 14 years in administrative posts that included Director of Extended Campus and Distance Learning, Assistant Director of Development, Coordinator of Annual Fund, and Public Relations Office Manager.

“Robyn has built a strong record in program development and management, and brings a rich set of skills and achievements to CSU Stanislaus,” said William A. Covino, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “I am confident that under her direction, University Extended Education will become an unsurpassed leader in providing programs that meet our region’s workforce and professional development needs.”

A California native who grew up in an Air Force family, including time at Travis and Mather Air Force Bases, Criswell-Bloom has an Education Doctorate from the University of Missouri, Columbia, a Master of Science Degree from the University of Central Missouri, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of North Dakota.

At Central Missouri, Criswell-Bloom enjoyed success as a fundraiser, directed the launch of online courses while expanding distance learning and off-campus programs, and directed the programs to significant enrollment increases that increased budget revenues by 133 percent.

“Meeting the needs of adult learners is my forte,” Criswell-Bloom said. “I’m looking forward to helping the University position itself to do some great outreach service to students through both on-site and online education. In addition to the great offerings that are already available, such as the Executive Master of Business Administration program, I’m eager to explore new opportunities for partnerships among all of the University’s colleges, prospective students, and businesses in the region.”