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Recently promoted to the Dean of Regional Campus Administration, Stephen Lesniak will be managing operations on the University of La Verne’s off-campus sites. Currently 4,000 students attend regional campus centers. Lesniak wants to ensure these students obtain a quality educational experience, similar to that of the main campus. / photo by Rhiannon Mim

Recently promoted to the Dean of Regional Campus Administration, Stephen Lesniak will be managing operations on the University of La Verne’s off-campus sites. Currently 4,000 students attend regional campus centers. Lesniak wants to ensure these students obtain a quality educational experience, similar to that of the main campus. / photo by Rhiannon Mim

Megan Montalvo
Staff Writer

As of last month, Stephen L. Lesniak, 57, became the newly appointed Dean of Regional Campus Administration.

When Lesniak first came to the University of La Verne in 1976, he had no idea that he would stay with ULV so long, but as he admits, “it’s the people that have kept me here.”

Lesniak has built strong ties with his co-workers, which encourage a positive work environment and a healthy flow of communication.

“I think we spend so much of our life at work that I try to make sure the people I work with like coming here,” Lesniak said. “We try to do little things like remember birthdays and celebrate each others’ successes.”

“He is absolutely the best boss in the world,” said Alene Harrison, Lesniak’s secretary of 13 years.

In a memorandum issued by Homa Shabahang, vice president of enrollment management, Lesniak’s new promotion was attributed to his ability of “being able to see the broad picture, work collaboratively with all segments of the University, and find creative solutions to new challenges.”

In his new position, Lesniak will oversee the strategic efforts and operational functions of the Regional Campus network, the CAPA program on central campus and ULV online.

Lesniak is also personally looking forward to re-enforcing the vision established by the University and developing new methods for creating a stronger image.

“I think the University of La Verne is one of Southern California’s best kept secrets, and we are doing our best to get the word out to everyone we can,” Lesniak said.

Lesniak regularly meets with other staff members to address these issues and work on plans to further enhance the college experience.

“In our ‘team meetings’ as we call them, Steve is unscrupulously fair and ethical,” Harrison said. “He promotes teamwork with everyone he works with and he always encourages us to see the big picture.”

With as many years of service as Lesniak has, it is no wonder why he has continued to be a mainstay with the Regional Campus Administration.

Lesniak holds the opinion that “every student matters” and works with that constant belief in mind.

“When graduation time comes around and you see the pride that the students have when they get their diploma, the smile that is on their face, that’s what it’s all about,” he said.

Megan Montalvo can be reached at mmontalvo2@ulv.edu.

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