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Dean Jandt of Cal State San Bernardino's Palm Desert Campus to Retire

Dean Fred Jandt of Cal State San Bernardino's Palm Desert Campus. Photo credit CSUSB.
Dean Fred Jandt of Cal State San Bernardino's Palm Desert Campus. Photo credit CSUSB.
The dean of Cal State San Bernardino's Palm Desert Campus since August 2003 has announced he is retiring Jan. 31, a school spokesman announced Wednesday.

Fred Jandt is considered "largely responsible for the campus's tremendous growth over the past decade," said Michael Singer of the satellite campus for CSU San Bernardino in the Coachella Valley.

A national search for a new dean is expected to begin "early this year," Singer said.

"Fred Jandt has been a remarkable asset for CSUSB and our Palm Desert Campus," Cal State San Bernardino President Tomás D. Morales said in the school's announcement.

"The PDC has elevated into one of the gems of the California State University system, thanks to his tireless efforts. We are grateful for all that he has done to build the campus and transform the state of higher education in the Coachella Valley," Morales said.

Jandt has been a member of the Cal State San Bernardino faculty since 1983, Singer said. He is the founding chair of the university's communication studies department, and he developed the graduate communication studies curriculum, which emphasized intercultural communication, mediation and dispute resolution.

In 2003 Jandt was named CSUSB's Outstanding Professor of the year, Singer said.

Here's more from the Wednesday announcement:

Jandt chaired the committee that prepared a strategic master plan report on the Palm Desert Campus’s marketing options and future growth in 2001, as construction of the new permanent campus at Cook Street and Frank Sinatra Drive began. Previously, the original Coachella Valley Center held classes on land leased from College of the Desert from 1986 to 2002. During that time Jandt taught communication courses at the campus, both in person and from Cal State San Bernardino through closed-circuit video.

During the 2002-2003 academic year, Jandt chaired the Palm Desert Campus Planning and Operations Council. Following the departure of then-Dean Peter Wilson, Jandt was named interim dean. In April 2005 he was appointed as permanent dean of the campus, overseeing all of its administrative and academic operations.

The development of the campus is a unique public-private partnership between the state and the community, which pooled their resources to develop the campus. Local financial support funded the construction of the campus facilities, which the state furnishes and maintains.

The Mary Stuart Rogers Gateway Building opened as the first structure at the new campus in 2002. Today, the campus has three additional buildings: The Indian Wells Center for Educational Excellence, which houses classrooms and offices; The Indian Wells Theater, which brings top-notch entertainment to the campus; and the Palm Desert Health Sciences Building, which houses the campus’s nursing program, the student health center and biology and chemistry labs.

Last fall, CSUSB's Palm Desert Campus became the Coachella Valley's first four-year university when it admitted its inaugural freshmen class of 100 students. The campus has previously only served upper-division and graduate students. Pupils from the region typically completed their lower-division courses at the College of the Desert or another community college before transferring to CSUSB's Palm Desert Campus.

"Now as a four-year campus, the Palm Desert Campus along with the College of the Desert is even more critical for preparing local students for careers," Jandt said. "Local participation and support were instrumental in building the campus and will be even more important as the campus and its programs grow to support our local community."

Prior to joining Cal State San Bernardino, Jandt served as a professor of communication and director of faculty development and research at the State University of New York at Brockport (1970-79), and later while at San Francisco State University, had extensive experience in management development and training programs.

He is author or co-author of several books, including "Win-Win Negotiating," "The Customer is Usually WRONG!" "Using the Internet in Your Job Search" and the popular textbook "An Introduction to Intercultural Communication." He also has written a series of books on job search on the Internet and has done numerous radio and television shows on Internet job search for CNN, Bloomberg and others.

Through his work in dispute resolution and mediation, Jandt has provided training for organizations and has helped prepare volunteer mediators for the courts through the Riverside County Department of Community Action.

Jandt is a native of Texas. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Texas Lutheran University, a master's degree in speech from Stephen F. Austin University and a doctorate degree in communication from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

For more about CSUSB's Palm Desert Campus visit http://pdc.csusb.edu.

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