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Dr. Kevin Grant joined Cal Poly in July of 2017 as Director of Assessment and Research for Student Affairs. Kevin heads the division-wide assessment and research practices to measure the effectiveness of strategic initiatives within Student Affairs, including co-curricular learning, student outcomes and student engagement as they relate to student success at Cal Poly.
Kevin has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education and specializes in assessment, strategic planning, program development, and academic student support. Prior to joining Cal Poly, Kevin served in a variety of roles at Biola University, including most recently as its Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. He also served as an academic counselor, Assistant Director of Admissions, and Director of the Learning Center during his career at the university. Finally, Kevin also worked as a special appointment faculty member for Biola University, as well as a part-time graduate faculty member in the Masters in Higher Education program at California State University, Fullerton.
Kevin holds Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees from Biola University, as well as a Master of Education degree from Azusa Pacific University. He is an active member of both the Western Associations of Schools & Colleges (WASC) and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. He lives in Atascadero, CA with his wife and three children, and enjoys hiking, camping, playing music, horticulture and coaching local youth sports.
Senior Director of Strategy and Engagement
Tessa Espinoza joined Cal Poly in February of 2008 and currently works as the Senior Director of Strategy and Engagement for Student Affairs. Tessa directs the university’s engagement strategy for Cal Poly parents and supporters through Parent and Family Programs, including oversight of the 24-member Parent Advisory Council. She also directs bi-annual commencement exercises, including all university and cultural ceremonies. Through these programs, she directs the largest annual public events at Cal Poly, hosting more than 70,000 supporters and alumni annually. Tessa also heads division-wide stewardship, external engagement, and grant funding research efforts.
Tessa bring nearly 20 years of professional experience specializing in public relations, communications, marketing, strategic planning, management, and program development, with 13 years focused exclusively in higher education Student Affairs. Prior to joining Cal Poly, Tessa served as a business operations manager for a privately-owned real estate firm. During her time at Cal Poly, she has also served as a marketing and communications specialist for University Housing, managed the strategic planning efforts for the Office of the Dean of Students, and led division-wide professional development efforts.
Tessa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences and a Master of Education degree from Cal Poly. She is a Leadership SLO alumna, serves on the Board of Directors for Stand Strong in San Luis Obispo, and is a certified volunteer mediator. She lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband, Roberto, and their twins, Sonya and Isaac, and loves to play guitar, cook, and paint watercolor.
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