Joyce Feucht-Haviar (pronounced Foyt Hav-e-yar) is dean of The Tseng College at California State University, Northridge. With a focus on graduate, international and midcareer education, The Tseng College generates more than $25 million in yearly revenue through more than 21,000 enrollments per year, and employs a full-time administrative staff of 55. Under her leadership, The Tseng College established itself as a leader in innovative program design for degree and non-degree programs, for education of midcareer professionals, and for redefining how higher education works with and for midcareer students and their employers. The Tseng College also has expanded its national and international reach with e-learning programs and innovative international partnerships.
During her tenure as dean, The Tseng College has quadrupled its revenue; won 151 national awards for marketing; been recognized regionally and nationally with awards for program excellence; been awarded grants to support innovative program development; developed a sophisticated online program development capacity that offers seven online master's degree programs; achieved on-time graduation rates ranging from 80% to 95% in its new master's degree programs (on-site and online); developed a program development strategy that places emphasis on outcomes-based program design and assessment; developed the capacity to create and manage distinctive custom-designed and contracted programs; expanded its degree, certificate and professional development programs; established and sustained innovative international partnerships leading to the collaborative development of a new college in the Middle East; developed an international graduate center concept for the CSU – the first of which will soon be established in Oman; and developed student support service and administrative systems.
Dean Feucht-Haviar serves on a number of committees and commissions for the California State University, including chairing the CSU Commission on the Extended University's Committee on Innovation and Collaboration, and she serves on a variety of committees for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, including the Strategic Planning Committee and the Western Regional Program Planning Committee. She also serves on a variety of university committees at California State University, Northridge. Most recently, she was named California State University, Northridge's representative to the Board of Governors for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. In addition, she presents regularly at regional and national seminars and conferences on leadership, organizational change and development, the future of higher education, and innovative program development. She is also involved in community service activities, including serving as a member of the Board of Directors of New Horizons, a non-profit organization serving the needs of adults with developmental disabilities.
Before assuming her current role, Dean Feucht-Haviar served as associate dean of academic affairs for continuing education at the University of Virginia. Prior to that, she served as director of liberal studies programs and then associate executive director of continuing education at the University of Chicago.
She began her academic life as a fine arts student (painting and ceramic sculpture) and finished her undergraduate studies at Ohio University with highest honors, a bachelor's of fine arts and an Ohio teaching credential. She then earned a master's degree at the University of Chicago, exploring how people make and use ideas in the arts and beyond. Finding ongoing intellectual exploration in university life, she has also taken additional graduate courses at the University of Chicago, the University of Virginia and UCLA, studying management and marketing, theology and philosophy, cultural anthropology, physics, psychology and higher education.