Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
The Associate Vice President and Dean of Students AVP/DOS operates with a high ethic of care for students and their families by providing exemplary programs and services designed help students succeeded both inside and outside of the classroom. Departments under the supervision of the AVP/DOS are Disability Resources for Students, Housing and Residential Life, The Diversity Center, Student Leadership and Involvement. The AVP/DOS also sits as a member of the Associated Students INC. Board of Directors and is the Presidents designee to the University Student Union Corporation.
Matthew Lopez-Phillips began his career at Stanislaus State in November of 2016. His thirty years in higher education consists of leadership experience in several student affairs disciplines including Greek life, community standards, residence life, orientation, parent programs, crisis management, and judicial affairs at the University of Colorado, University of Vermont, University of the Pacific, Northeastern University, and George Mason University.
A strong advocate for student development, the foundation of Matthew’s work arises from his commitment to social justice, a belief in integrative learning, and a lifelong allegiance to reinvigorate the public good of a college education. As a multiracial person it is important to him that that the university be aligned with creating transformative experiences for students, staff, and faculty. He finds this is most effectively accomplished within the process of shared governance. His leadership style is collaborative, inclusive, direct, and developmentally focused.
Matthew earned a BA in Psychology from University of the Pacific, MS in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University, and is currently enrolled at Fielding Graduate University’s Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Change program with an expected graduation date of 2018.