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The Center for Academic Advising

Departmental Overview

The primary goals of The Center for Academic Advising are to assist students with identifying and clarifying their educational goals, help in developing compatible educational plans, and create proven success strategies toward student long term academic progress. The Academic Advisors provide assistance with advising, course registration, program guidance, general questions, and additional academic support where needed.

Services Provided

Pacific Oaks College’s Academic Advisors are committed to supporting students from the first day of their degree program until matriculation. The potential for collegiate success is at the heart of every student enrolling at Pacific Oaks College. Our highly seasoned and professionally trained academic advising team is here to help turn the unimaginable into action and achievement by building a relationship with each student and taking an active role in supporting their scholastic endeavors.  Every student at the College is provided both an Academic Advisor and a Faculty Advisor.  This dual advising model ensures that each student is fully supported both academically and professionally.

Pacific Oaks Center for Academic Advising

Location: Building 45, Suite B
Hours of Operation: Monday–Thursday 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Our Academic Team

Donna Dillon
Donna Dillon, M.A.
Director, Center for Academic Advising
[email protected]
(626) 529-8424
Terrynce Rucker

Terrynce Rucker, M.A.
Academic and Cohort Advisor

  • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
  • B.A. Community Psychology

[email protected]

(626) 529-8081

Ted von Heiland

Ted von Heiland Jr.
Academic Advisor

  • B.A. and M.A. Early Childhood Education
  • M.A. Credential Program

[email protected]
(626) 529-8228

Jacqueline Whaley

Jacqueline Whatley
Academic Advisor

  • Southern California Off-Site Cohorts

[email protected]
(626) 529-8223

Cynthia Perez

Cynthia Perez, M.A.
Academic Advisor

  • B.A. and M.A. Human Development
  • B.A. and M.A.  Advocacy & Social Justice
  • B.A. Credential Programs

[email protected]
(626) 529-8265

Elena Rotunno

Elena Rotunno, M.A.
Retention & Outreach Advisor

  • Retention and Outreach Services
  • (Re-Entry Students)

[email protected]
(626) 529-8262