Main Campus Academic Advising Staff

Student Support Coordinator & Academic Advisor


  • BA, Speech Communication, University of La Verne

Position Responsibilities

Oversees office management and daily administrative operations of the front office. Assists with planning and implementation of retention strategies including student, parent, or guardian outreach. Offers academic advising to undeclared traditional undergraduate students. Administers and interprets University of La Verne policies and procedures.

Associate Dean, Academic Support & Retention Services


  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), University of Southern California
  • M.A. Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego
  • Bachelor of Arts (International Relations & Political Science), University of Southern California

Position Responsibilities

Oversees academic advising and retention activities for traditional undergraduate students at the main campus.

Experience at a Glance

Dr. Cervantes joined the University of La Verne in spring 2009. He has nearly 20 years of experience in academic affairs and college student advising and retention. His doctoral dissertation focused on learning communities and their impact on the academic integration and retention of Latino students at a private major research university. His duties are directly related to his dissertation topic, including but not limited to academic advising, college student retention, first-year experience and general programming, academic & student affairs, academic policy management & development, post-admission enrollment management, college student development, and enforcement of student academic code of conduct. Dr. Cervantes is also experienced in areas such as career & graduate school counseling, administrative and faculty committees & task forces, senior thesis and doctoral dissertation committees, research and presentations at regional and national conferences, and college student retention consulting.

Professional Vision

“Academic advising is not just a job, it is a profession. Whether you are a faculty member or a staff advisor, your role as a professional in the field of academic advising should include a self awareness of your role and impact as an academic advisor; always conduct yourself with professionalism; be trustworthy and ethical; continuously learn and grow and to be of service to others. A few ways to meet these conditions is to familiarize yourself with conceptual and procedural aspects of academic advising, stay up to date with the current literature, participate in regional and national membership organizations such as NACADA, and being aware of, and search for, best practices in academic advising across the country which might benefit you professionally, your advisees, and your college or university.”

Assistant Director, Academic Advising


  • Master of Science, Educational Counseling, University of La Verne
  • Bachelor of Science, International Business and Language, University of La Verne

Position Responsibilities

Academic advising for traditional undergraduate students, clear traditional undergraduate students for spring and winter graduation. Administer and interpret University Of La Verne policies and procedures. Prepare and deliver a variety of retention effort workshops.


Over 8 years in student support services.  Previous roles include: Intern, Student Assistant, and Retention Specialist.


When I am not on working with our students at the University of La Verne, I enjoy spending time with my dog (Darla), family, friends, being outdoors in nature, doing yoga, and reading books.

Academic and Career Advisor