Soraya M. Coley has served as president of Cal Poly Pomona since January 1, 2015. She is the first female president of the university.
Ph.D., social planning and policy, Bryn Mawr College, 1981
M.A., social planning and social research, Bryn Mawr College, 1974
A.B., sociology, The Lincoln University
California State University
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona: President (2015- )
California State University, Bakersfield: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (2005-14); Interim Vice President for University Advancement (2011-12)
California State University, Fullerton: Dean, College of Human Development and Community Service (1996-2001); Administrative Fellow (1994-96); Department Chair, Human Services Department (1991-93); Professor of Human Services
National Center for Substance Abuse and Child Welfare/Children and Family Futures
Senior Research Fellow (2004-05)
Alliant International University
Systemwide Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (2001-03)
With Cynthia Scheinberg, "Proposal Writing- Effective Grantsmanship," Sage Publications, 2013
“Help-Seeking Behavior, Expectations, and Goals of Battered Women: Implications for Practice,” Journal of Counseling and Human Service Professors, 1989
With G. Corey, “Challenges Facing Human Services Education Today,” Journal of Counseling and Human Service Professors, 1989
Dr. Coley has also made numerous presentations in a range of fields including professional development and leadership, academic assessment, human services and race and gender in higher education.