Vice President and Dean of Students
Dr. Anna Gonzalez is the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Harvey Mudd College, a small highly selective liberal arts college with a focus on the sciences and member of the contiguous Claremont Colleges in Southern California. She was also a founding faculty member and program director for the Master’s Program in Student Affairs administration for L&C’s Graduate School of Counseling and Education. She brings 25 years of experience in higher education working first at the University of California Irvine, followed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and then Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. During those years, she also served as chief student affairs officer for 4 voyages of the Semester at Sea Program. Her expertise and areas she oversees include athletics, housing, auxiliaries services, student retention and success, career development, orientation and first-year experience programs, diversity education and cultural centers, counseling and wellness services, and alumni and parents program.
Dr. Gonzalez received her BA at Loyola Marymount University and Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University. She is passionate about working with students and has mentored hundreds of young people to pursue a career in higher education. The quality of her leadership has been recognized on a national level with two prestigious awards, NASPA’s Pillar of the Profession and the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Dean. She has served on a number of local and national boards including the NASPA National Board of Directors, Junior League of Champaign-Urbana, and Youth, Rights, and Justice of the State of Oregon. Her most recent publication is a 2018 edited book titled Transformational Encounters: Shaping Diverse College and University Leaders.
As a first generation U.S. college student who immigrated to this country at the age of 10, she knows first hand the role higher education plays in transforming communities. Through partnerships with on and off campus stakeholders, Dr. Gonzalez has been guided by the vision of advancing the educational mission of higher education, creating an accessible educational experience for all individuals, and working with students for them to be global leaders of the twenty-first century.