Susan Catron, M.P.P.A., Ed.D., is dean of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education, a self-supporting, $40 million academic division of the university. From developing pioneering online academic programs to building successful partnerships with campus and industry, Catron has led innovative continuing and professional education efforts at UC Davis for more than 20 years.
As the division’s chief academic officer and strategic leader, Catron oversees a team of 230 academic and professional staff who serve 50,000 learners from more than 100 countries each year. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from UC Davis, and a master’s in public policy from California State University, Sacramento. Her research has focused on program innovation, online educational quality, and educational accountability.
Catron brings diverse expertise to her leadership of the division, having previously served as director of Marketing, department chair, associate dean for Program Innovation, and most recently as senior associate dean for Academic Affairs. Catron has developed and led programs in K-12 education, autism, public policy, health services, public health, business, technology and management. Her professional background also includes a brief tenure as a policy analyst in the California State Legislature.
Anneli Adams, Ph.D., serves as associate dean for International Education and leads the division’s International and Access Programs, including a portfolio of academic programs for international students, scholars and professionals, the UC Davis Pre-College Program, and the university’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program. Adams holds a Ph.D. in higher education leadership and has taught sociology full-time at the undergraduate level and educational leadership in the doctoral program at Cal Poly Pomona.
Prior to her work at UC Davis, she led international programs at Cal Poly Pomona, California State University, San Bernardino, and the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. Before her career in higher education, Adams served the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, Finland for 20 years.
Rita Bunch, MBA, serves as senior assistant dean for the UC Davis Division of Continuing and Professional Education, as well as chair of all divisional operations.
She worked in the private sector for 16 years at The Quaker Oats Company in market research and The Clorox Company in brand management/marketing. Bunch worked briefly for the San Francisco Education Fund before joining the division as director of Marketing. She was promoted to assistant dean three years later.
Jen Schwedler, Ed.D., serves as the Assistant Dean, Online Leaning. Jen provides strategic direction to the team responsible for creating instructional experiences that support the delivery of high-quality online learning of credit and noncredit academic programs. She collaborates with faculty and academic leaders across the Division and the Campus on new programs, including selection of delivery channels, instructional design and technology, learner assessment and engagement, faculty and student support, faculty development and learning analytics. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University. Before joining UC Davis, Jen held several academic technology and design leadership positions at California State University, Sacramento, most recently serving as associate vice president of Information Resources and Technology.