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SFSU appoints associate dean of College of Extended Learning

SAN FRANCISCO, April 17, 2001 - Velma Parness, who has more than 10 years of experience as an administrator at UC Berkeley Extension, has been named associate dean of the College of Extended Learning at San Francisco State University.

"Ms. Parness will be a valuable asset to the College, as she brings years of wide-ranging experience in extended education to SFSU," said LucyAnn Geiselman, dean of the SFSU College of Extended Learning. "She will help lead the way in expanding program and course offerings to greatly broaden our reach to the community."

As associate dean, Parness will be charged with developing new programs, increasing Open University enrollment as well as expanding the College's noncredit and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) courses offered at the SFSU Downtown Center.

She replaces Jo Volkert, who is now SFSU's associate vice president of enrollment planning and management.

Before joining SFSU, Parness held a number of top positions at UC Berkeley Extension over 10 years, including director of software technologies, director of technical communication, and vice chair of the environmental management department. She holds a master of public health degree from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from SFSU.

SFSU's College of Extended Learning, which boasts a headcount of more than 22,000 students, is responsible for all University program and course offerings not supported by state appropriations. It offers cutting-edge courses and certificates in such areas as Multimedia Studies, Information Technology, Music/Recording Industry and Paralegal Studies. The College also houses the Open University and the Elder College, which allow continuing education students and people over age 55 to take regular SFSU cou rses.

The fourth largest campus in the 23-campus CSU system, SFSU is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public and urban university.

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