CSU Long BeachAssociate Vice President and Dean of Students
A California State University, Long Beach alumnus, Jeff Klaus, Ed.D., has worked for 20 years at CSU Long Beach, where he’s currently associate vice president and dean of students. Dr. Klaus recently developed the university’s Basic Needs Initiative to create a comprehensive response to serve CSULB’s most at-risk students, including students who are displaced, food insecure or experiencing an emergency situation or crisis. He and his team were instrumental in securing a two-year grant of more than $100,000 from the California Department of Social Services to support the program.
Another program under Klaus’ purview is the university’s Partners for Success program, which has provided faculty mentoring for second-year students on academic probation, with a particular focus in the last five years on firstgeneration students, who may find it challenging to complete their college education.
“Our faculty take students from different disciplines and really listen to their stories. Some of our students travel for hours just to attend classes and may have financial hurdles they must jump,” says Klaus of the programs catering to students who need assistance in myriad ways. “They need someone to help navigate the campus and connect them to the resources based on their individual needs.”
Klaus is also a state-certified sexual assault crisis intervention advocate/volunteer; a human relations trainer through the California Conference for Equality and Justice; and a Character Counts facilitator through the Josephson Institute of Ethics. He was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award by President George W. Bush in 2007.
Klaus earned a doctorate from the University of La Verne, his master’s at CSULB and a bachelor’s degree at Boise State University.