Allan Hancock College Selects New Vice President of Student Services

SANTA MARIA, Calif. — Allan Hancock College on Tuesday officially hired a new associate superintendent/vice president of student services to oversee and manage the college’s student services division.

Geneviève Siwabessy, Ed.D. was one of four finalists and was officially hired and welcomed into the Hancock family on Tuesday.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Siwabessy to our Hancock family,” said Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin Walthers. “She brings a wealth of experience in higher education and has a genuine passion for student-focused inclusion, equity and success.”

Siwabessy has more than 18 years of experience at various levels of higher education in California, Hancock spokesman Chris McGuinness said.

She served as Dean of Student Success and Support Programs at Cuesta College, Dean of Student Services at Woodland Community College, and held several positions in the Los Rios Community College District in Northern California before coming to Hancock.

Siwabessy holds a bachelor’s degree in history from UC Davis, a master’s degree in higher education leadership from Sacramento State University, and a doctorate in education from UC Davis and the ‘Sonoma State University.

“I am thrilled to have been selected to join Bulldog Nation as the next Associate Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services,” said Siwabessy.

“I look forward to building on Hancock’s reputation for providing students with a high-quality student experience alongside engaged colleagues who actively support the college’s mission and the transformative nature of education.”

Siwabessy will focus on student success by providing leadership and decision management for the college’s student services, which includes Hancock admissions and records, financial aid, counseling and other important support programs. to students, McGuinness said.

Siwabessy will take up his new duties on July 5.