Office of the President

Leadership of Strategic Enterprise Risk Management at Cal Poly Pomona

October 19, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Albert Vasquez will be joining Cal Poly Pomona as the Interim Associate Vice President for Strategic Enterprise Risk Management, effective November 5, 2018.  In this role, Al will oversee the renamed Office of Risk Management, which reflects the focus on a more strategic, holistic approach to enterprise risk management and environmental health & safety (EH&S). He will be responsible for developing a strategic vision, framework and implementation plan for enterprise risk management, including, assessing the university’s health and safety programs, hazardous material compliance, financial, operational, and reputational risks in collaboration with departments across campus. He will also be a major contributor to help prepare the campus for a system-wide audit of Cal Poly Pomona’s health and safety programs. 

Al is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor for the Enterprise Risk Management Division at University of California, Riverside (UCR). He was previously the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Campus and Public Safety at University of California, Merced (UCM). In addition, he served as the Dean of Campus Security, Student Health, Athletics, and Safety, and Chief of Police at Santa Monica College. In his professional roles Al has overseen athletics, business continuity, EH&S, emergency management, police, enterprise risk management, safety, student health, student psychological services and transportation. He has also held part-time faculty positions, teaching subjects such as Communications for Crisis Situations and Strategic Communications.

Al has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the University of California System’s Award of Excellence and the Risk and Safety Spotlight Award for Excellence in Collaboration. He brings extensive, hands-on experience with campus crisis situations and has domestic as well as international experience, having served as the Regional Commander for the United Nations International Police Task Force.

Al holds an EdD degree  from the University of Southern California, and MA degrees in Homeland Security Studies and Criminal Justice from the US Naval Postgraduate School and Chapman University, respectively. He received his BS in criminal justice from Cal State Los Angeles and was a Salzburg Global Studies-Fellow in Salzburg, Austria.

Al will be assisted by retired annuitant, Valerie Eberle, the University’s long-standing risk manager. Val will return to campus in her new role as Risk Analyst on November 1, 2018.

We are very fortunate to have Al join and Val return to campus to provide leadership for this critical area for the University. Please join me in welcoming them, as they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Cal Poly Pomona.