2008 Award Recipient
Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer
Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer is vice president for student affairs at California State University, Channel Islands, a position he has held since January 2002. Dr. Sawyer is an awe-inspiring administrator, classroom teacher, counselor, and mentor.
Dr. Sawyer performs at a passionate and visionary level for the students and faculty at CSU Channel Islands. In addition to his administrative duties, he also teaches public speaking and leadership courses at a stellar level. He is a highly valued member of the CSUCI community. A faculty member states, "Greg has built an outstanding Division of Student Affairs. His charisma and knowledge of how to organize a Division of Student Affairs has resulted in what I believe is the best Student Affairs division in the entire CSU system."
Vice President Sawyer leads by example to define and support the student-centered mission and culture of CSU Channel Islands. Dr. Sawyer gives strong encouragement to staff members to pursue a higher education and advanced degrees. He is a trailblazer for student affairs program assessment at the national level. Dr. Sawyer is a frequent speaker at civic and community events where he champions the value of university education and promotes access to higher education for underrepresented members of society.
Dr. Sawyer touches hundreds of lives: student leaders, students in class, students in trouble, at-risk youth, families who desire a higher education for their children, faculty members, aspiring student affairs professionals, and community members. A local school board president observes, "The community knows CSUCI as the place where Dr. Sawyer works and inspires students."
After completing a Ph.D. in higher education administration at the University of North Texas, Dr. Sawyer served in several student affairs management posts at the University of North Texas before being appointed dean of students. Following his appointment as founding dean of student services at Florida Gulf Coast University, he was selected as the founding vice president for student affairs at California State University, Channel Islands.