Office of the Vice President

From the Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Sawyer

Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer 
Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer 
Vice President for Student Affairs

Welcome new and returning Seawolves! We are so excited to have you back in school and to get the Spring semester underway. Whether you live locally or somewhere around the state or country, we are looking forward to sharing our Noma Nation family spirit, student programs, and services with both our new and returning students. WELCOME to Your University!

Although your university experience this semester will once again be delivered primarily from a virtual format, the quality of instruction and student programs and services will continue to be delivered at the highest level! The Division of Student Affairs at Sonoma State University is committed to continuing the “culture of care” through a variety of  programs and services that promote student success, academic excellence, diversity, and transformative student development.

Together we will continue to find new and innovative ways to learn, grow and excel in an environment where COVID and sociopolitical issues continue to impact our campuses and communities. After all, social media and virtual communication platforms are nothing new to us! Although this may not be our preferred form of academic delivery and social engagement, it is most certainly the safest way to minimize the spread of this worldwide pandemic. At SSU, our priority is your safety! We understand that in order for you to be academically successful, it is critical that we provide you with timely and efficient remote access to support programs and services.

The Division of Student Affairs will continue to adapt our programs, services and activities in order to provide a quality student experience in a virtual format for every new and continuing Seawolf.

With that goal in mind, I encourage you to review our Student Resources During Covid website to help you successfully navigate our new online space. Also, please be on the lookout for more check-ins from us. We want to know how you are doing and how we can continue to assist you throughout the semester.

At the beginning of each school year, I typically invite students to say, “Hey Doc!” if they see me on campus so we can get to know each other. Since we are not able to have our greeting in person this semester, I invite you to follow me on my new Instagram account @docsawyerssu in order for us to stay connected. Through this Instagram account, I will be sharing news, opportunities, and the amazing work happening in our Seawolf community.

The Sonoma State of Mind is with you everywhere; no matter where you are or where you go, the moment you become a Seawolf, you will always be a Seawolf! It’s about the relationships you build at SSU. It’s about the knowledge, the awareness, and the collegiality that you receive at Sonoma State that make us a Noma Nation family. At SSU, we are bound together by our shared Seawolf Commitment of integrity, respect, excellence and responsibility.

As we embark on the Spring 2021 semester, remember to mask up, wash your hands  frequently, and maintain safe distancing. Throughout the semester please keep up with your wellness checks and contact the Student Health Center should you exhibit COVID signs or symptoms or if you have been exposed to someone who is COVID positive. Continue to be safe, and thoughtful members of our SSU community.


~ Doc

Wm. Gregory Sawyer, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs