Alison Galloway appointed as administrative head of University Extension

Alison Galloway, vice provost of Academic Affairs at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has assumed responsibility for the administration of University Extension, effective September 1. Oversight of the program is included within her responsibilities in her current office.

As vice provost for Academic Affairs, Galloway is among the principal academic advisors to the UCSC Campus Provost. Her office is responsible for campus academic administration, coordination and implementation of academic planning, review of academic programs, development of new programs, and academic personnel policy.

In her new role as the administrative head of University Extension, Galloway has already begun implementing a series of changes to streamline the operation and realign course offerings with public demand.

"We will adjust programming so that it focuses on professional development, increase the interaction between the campus and Extension, and refocus the efforts of the marketing division to attract new students to University Extension," said Galloway.

A physical anthropologist whose research focuses on human evolution and human skeletal biology, Galloway served as chair of UCSC's Academic Senate from 2003 to 2005, and chair of the Anthropology Department from 2001 to 2003. She was appointed to her current position as vice provost for Academic Affairs in July, 2006.

Galloway is also one of the nation's leading forensic anthropologists; she regularly analyzes forensic evidence and provides expert witness testimony. She joined the UCSC faculty as an assistant professor in 1990 and was promoted to professor in 2001. Galloway graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in 1975, and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from the University of Arizona.