Fresno State picks new student affairs vice president

The Fresno BeeFebruary 18, 2014 

A Texas university administrator will become Fresno State's new vice president for student affairs, replacing longtime head Paul Oliaro who retired in December.

Frank Lamas will start his new job on July 1.

For the past nine years Lamas has worked as vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Texas at Arlington. Before that, he worked at the New York-based Rochester Institute of Technology and several other universities on the East Coast.

University officials say the Havana, Cuba native will supervise 190 employees and will be responsible for 25 offices and programs.

Fresno State President Joseph Castro said in a statement he was "ecstatic" when Lamas accepted the position. Castro said Lamas is well known for his work at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he oversaw a $17.5 million budget and 180 staff members.

Of the four finalists vying for the job, Lamas was the only one currently employed outside California. He's a graduate of State University of New York at Potsdam and received his master's and doctorate degrees at State University of New York at Albany.

Lamas did not return phone messages left by The Bee on Tuesday.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6412, hfurfaro@fresnobee.com or @hannahfurfaro on Twitter.

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