Student Affairs Leadership Team

Meet the Student Affairs Leadership Team

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Dr. Christine EricksonHeadshot of Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Christine Erickson.

Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Erickson is committed to the access-driven mission of the California State University System. As a first-generation college student, she completed a BA in Psychology, a BA in Human Services, and an MA in Education, Counseling Option, from Cal State San Bernardino. Dr. Erickson earned her Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation topic was “Racial and ethnic pluralities at the California State University: Strategies for student success.” She is a strategic leader dedicated to access and student success, and throughout her 25-year career in higher education, she has facilitated bridge-building between academic and student affairs to create seamless curricular and co-curricular living and learning environments that foster student success.

Stan State is poised to greatly improve student success and to positively impact the Central Valley and the State of California with regard to both access and completion. The people and programs in Student Affairs provide the cornerstone of community and create the sense of place essential to a holistic approach to student retention and success. I share President Junn’s and Stan State’s commitment to the diversity of the student body and I am eager to graciously include student voices as we contribute to meeting the objectives of the ambitious strategic plan and the Graduation Initiative 2025.

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Jennifer HumphreyHeadshot of Ms. Jennifer Humphrey. Assistant Vice President for Operations, Planning & Assessment

Assistant Vice President for Operations, Planning and Assessment

Ms. Jennifer Humphrey joined Student Affairs in December of 2019. She is an alumna and twenty-year employee of Stanislaus State.    Over her career she has served in roles as the Assistant Director and Director of Housing and Residential Life, University Judicial Officer and Executive Assistant for the Vice President for Student Affairs at Stanislaus State.   She has worked with financial planning, strategic planning, assessment, student support services, facilities management, recruitment and retention strategies, contracts and procurement, human resource management and operations.

Raised in the Central Valley, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration from Stan State, she is committed to serving our region through her work with the University and community. Hobbies include spending time with her dog Munchkin, day trips with family, beach camping, reading and all things Disney.

Ms. Humphrey has said “I am excited to be part of Stanislaus State, an environment of belonging and support for all. From my interaction with faculty to my experiences as an elected student leader I have always valued and appreciated the guidance and encouragement I received as a student.   This culture of care has continued throughout my career. From these experiences I learned to value lifelong learning, teamwork, and perseverance. Working to benefit our students, each other and our region is an honor.”

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Dr. Heather Dunn CarltonHeadshot of Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Dr. Heather Dunn Carlton

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Dr. Heather Dunn Carlton joined the Student Affairs team in April of 2021. She brings to Stan State three decades of experience supporting students in various roles, including orientation, health and wellness, student activities, diversity and inclusion, and student conduct. Prior to coming to Stan State, she worked for University of the Pacific, CSU, Sacramento, Stanford, and UC Berkeley.

Dr. Dunn Carlton grew up in Visalia, California, and calls the valley home. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, her Master’s degree from Boston College, and her Doctorate from University of Pacific. She has a passion for substance abuse education and prevention, and her research has focused on teaching students to identify standard drink measures. Dr. Dunn Carlton has served both regionally and nationally as an expert on collegiate alcohol and other drug prevention and student conduct.

Dunn Carlton’s portfolio includes Basic Needs, StanCares, Student Conduct, Housing and Residential Life, Recreation, and the Warrior Cross-Cultural Center. She also serves on the ASI and Student Center boards. During the Fall 2021 semester, she will also oversee Health Services, Psychological Counseling Services, and Health Education and Promotion. Dunn Carlton has shared her excitement about coming to Stan State, stating, “I could not be more thrilled to be a part of the Warrior Family. The valley is my home, and there is nothing more important than serving the community that gave me so much growing up.”

Dunn Carlton is the mother of two college student-athletes and a self-described college sports super-fan. She looks forward to cheering for the Stan State Warriors, whether on the field or in the classroom!

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Dr. Brandon PriceHeadshot of Interim Associate Vice President for Student Success, Dr. Brandon Price.

Interim Associate Vice President for Student Success

Brandon Price, Interim Associate Vice President for Student Success has over 20 years of experience in higher education. Prior to his appointment as the Interim Associate Vice President for Student Success at Stanislaus State, he served in a variety of roles at Columbia College including Associate Dean of Student Equity and Success, Dean of Student Services, and Dean of Career Technical Education and Economic Development.  

While serving at Columbia College, his responsibilities included coordination of the institution’s Student Equity and Success Advisory Council and oversight of a variety of special programs including Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS), TRiO, and CalWORKS, as well as additional programs serving former foster youth, veterans, incarcerated students, English language learners, and dual enrolled students.

Dr. Price’s passion for promoting student equity and success has also been evident in his research which has included examinations of: rural student access and success; student self-efficacy among STEM students; Hispanic student matriculation in graduate education; and research regarding the effect of peer interaction on student retention and graduation.

Prior to his employment at Columbia College, he served in a variety of roles here at Stanislaus State including Director of Student Leadership and Development, Judicial Affairs Officer, and as a faculty member in the Economics Department and Liberal Studies Department. Dr. Price stated “I am very excited to return to Stanislaus State and contribute to the institution’s continued efforts to promote success among all of our students. I’m truly honored to have another opportunity to work with the wonderful students and colleagues that make this campus community so special.” Dr. Price earned his doctorate in educational leadership, master’s degree in public administration, and bachelor’s degree in economics at Stanislaus State.

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Terry DonovanHeadshot of Terry Donovan. Athletics Director.

Athletics Director

Terry Donovan became the Director of Athletics at Stanislaus State on May 1, 2018 after serving as Fresno State's Senior Associate Athletics Director for Business Operations since 2015.

Donovan brings 20 years of experience in college athletics administration to Stan State, including holding previous senior leadership positions at Syracuse University, Arizona State University and his alma mater, the University of Nevada. Stanislaus State achieved many notable, record-breaking accomplishments during the 2018-19 academic year.  A record number 102 student-athletes were honored for academic excellence at the President’s breakfast.  To be honored, a student-athlete must achieve at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA.  Most of the honorees were also on Stan State’s Dean’s List. 

Donovan has served on several conference and national committees and is currently a member of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee.  This 13 person committee is comprised of members from all 3 divisions of the NCAA.  Donovan also serves on various committees in the CCAA as well as the Regional Advisory Committee for Men’s Golf.  He was selected to the NCAA Resource Allocation Working Group national committee in 2011.  He has been a member of the Collegiate Athletic Business Management Association for 14 years and was a guest presenter at the 2006 N.A.C.W.A.A. Convention in Denver.  Donovan has also served on several committees in the Big East and Atlantic Coast Conferences.       

A committed life-long learner, Donovan has participated in several national leadership development programs, including the D1A Athletic Directors Institute in 2010 and 2014, as well as the Collegiate Athletics Leadership Symposium in 2017.  Donovan earned two degrees at Nevada, including his undergraduate degree in finance in 1997 and his MBA in 2003.

Donovan's wife, Brandi, is a native of the Central Valley, and they have two young sons: Elijah and Colby.

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Updated: June 28, 2021