July 11, 2006
For immediate release
Dean Jane Close Conoley and the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education are delighted to announce that Suzanne Oliver, in her continued role as Development Officer, Special Projects, will lend her expertise in K-12 Initiatives. The Gevirtz School has been asked to lead the UC Santa Barbara campus efforts to institute a new Mathematics-Science Initiative directed by the Office of the President. Oliver will continue to build successful relationships between donors and constituencies in the Santa Barbara community and region with campus stakeholders as part of this exciting initiative. In addition, she will work with GGSE’s Research Units to organize support for their K-12 outreach efforts.
Dean Conoley says, “Ms. Oliver will add important skills and energy to our efforts to partner with schools and other agencies to improve learning for all children. We are delighted to have Suzanne on our team.”
The U.S.-wide Mathematics and Science Initiative was launched by the federal Department of Education in February 2003 as one component of No Child Left Behind. Its three goals are to: engage the public in recognizing the need for better mathematics and science education for all children; initiate a campaign to recruit, prepare, train, and retain teachers with strong backgrounds in mathematics and science; and, develop a research base to improve our knowledge of what boosts student learning in mathematics and science.
During this past year on Special Projects and assignment to the Office of Academic Preparation and Equal Opportunity, Suzanne Oliver has successfully developed a marketing strategy and identified and cultivated individual donors and private foundations to augment the work of that Office. Her assignment there is completed and she will bring her skills to the Gevirtz School’s initiatives with partners from pre-school to community colleges.
Prior to coming to UCSB, Oliver was the director of development and community relations for a social services non-profit in New York City. She has a MSW in Administration from Fordham University, a MS in Counseling Psychology from Mount St. Mary’s and a BA in English from UC Los Angeles.
Suzanne Oliver says, “I am delighted to be joining the Gevirtz School and to support Dean Conoley’s leadership of the Mathematics-Science Initiative and other K-12 efforts to broaden access to higher education in general and the University of California in particular.”
[Photos of Suzanne Oliver are available; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789.]