Spring 2011

[Alumni News]

Devorah Lieberman

Top Job at LaVerne

Photo courtesy of University of La Verne

DEVORAH LIEBERMAN (‘75, Communication Studies) has been tapped to become the 18th president of the University of La Verne, a private university near Los Angeles founded in 1891 by the Church of the Brethren. Lieberman, whose tenure begins July 1, will be the school’s first female president, and also the first president who is not a member of the church.

Lieberman, from Covina, in Southern California, has led a 30-year career in higher education. She currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College, in Staten Island, N.Y.

Now, as she’s poised to join the 7,500-student university, Lieberman sees plenty of opportunity in returning to her home state. “What I love about California is the sense of diversity, the sense of inclusivity—and the unique challenges the state faces. I’m looking forward to doing my part to find a solution,” she says.

“At La Verne, you have students who are excited to be in college. It is the university’s responsibility to engage them in the love of learning and to graduate these students who continue on to contribute to make their communities and the world a better place.”

Growing up, Lieberman says, her parents instilled her with an “insatiable curiosity,” and that helped when she enrolled as an undergraduate at Humboldt State. “I was a very serious student focused on going to graduate school,” she says. She became involved with the intersection between academic and administrative worlds, serving as student representative to the Communications Department faculty committee.

Lieberman also holds a master’s degree in Intercultural Communication from San Diego State University and a Ph.D in Intercultural Communication and Gerontology from the University of Florida.