January 29, 2001 Vol. V, No. 9

UCLA Administrator Named Executive Assistant to Provost

N. Chérie Francis Brings Background in Urban Education and African American Studies

Cal State Northridge Provost Louanne Kennedy has announced the appointment of N. Chérie Francis, an administrator from UCLA, as CSUN's executive assistant to the provost and vice president for academic affairs.

"I believe Chérie's commitment and experience will enable her quickly to assume a leadership role within Academic Affairs. I know you will join me in welcoming her to Cal State University, Northridge," Provost Kennedy said in announcing the appointment.

Francis, who began work at CSUN on January 2, brings an unusual combination of administrative experience and professional credentials to her new position. Most recently, she served since 1995 as chief administrative officer of UCLA's Center X, a unit in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies that focuses on improving urban education in Los Angeles.

From 1989 to 1995, she served as assistant to the director at the Center for African American Studies at UCLA. During 1988, she served a one-year term as assistant director in the Afro-American Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1986 she served a two-year term as program coordinator.

In addition, for more than five years, Francis has been a volunteer in the Big Sisters of Los Angeles and in the AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

Francis received her B.A. in French at Middlebury College, Vt., her M.S. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of Pennsylvania, Pa., and her Certificate of Advanced Study (ABD) in Educational Linguistics. By the end of this academic year, she will have completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at UCLA.

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