Meet the Vice Chancellor

Jennifer Baszile was appointed to the position of Interim Vice Chancellor for the Division of Student Affairs and Success effective July 1, 2020. In this role, Jennifer leads a diverse and talented group of professional and student staff who provide campus-wide coordination and leadership for student affairs and success programs and activities across departments, divisions, colleges, and administrative units.

Jennifer joined UC Santa Cruz July 1, 2019 as the assistant vice chancellor for Career Success. In this role she refocused the career center to better meet the needs of our students as she worked to expand student work opportunities, internships and post-graduation employment. Prior to joining UC Santa Cruz, Jennifer was dean of Student Success and Career Development at Trinity College where she led retention and student success efforts, and created a pre-orientation program for first-generation and low-income college students.

Jennifer is an award-winning researcher and former professor at Yale University where she taught American history and African American studies. She also taught writing at the University of Connecticut and the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Black Girl Next Door: A Memoir, published by Simon & Schuster, and has received numerous awards, including Ebony magazine's recognition as a top leader under 30, the Morse Research Fellowship, and the Poorvu Family Prize for Teaching. Jennifer holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in American history from Princeton University and a B.A. in history from Columbia University.