Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Dr. Sylvia Alva – Provost and VP for Academic Affairs


Dr. Sylvia Alva has been part of the California public higher education system for more than 

three decades, since her undergraduate years at Cal State Los Angeles. She was formerly 

the dean of the College of Health and Human Development at CSUN. Prior to working at Cal 

State Northridge, she held numerous administrative posts at Cal State Fullerton, including 

associate vice president for undergraduate programs. She was also the founding director 

of the Fullerton First Year Program and served as the director of the Academic Advisement 

Center. Dr. Alva received her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from UCLA.

Dr. Ben Quillian – Acting VP for Administrative Affairs


Dr. Ben Quillian has served as the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer in the 

Chancellor’s Office. He has also served as Senior Vice President for Business and Operations 

and Chief Financial Officer for the American Council on Education. He has held similar senior 

leadership positions at Fresno State and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He 

has written numerous articles and given presentations on financial stewardship, strategic 

planning and budgeting, affirmative action and diversity, and juvenile justice. Dr. Quillian 

completed his undergraduate education at Harris Teachers College in St. Louis. He received a 

master’s in educational administration at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and his 

doctoral degree in social relations in education at Washington University.

Mr. Bedford McIntosh – VP for Advancement


Bedford McIntosh most recently served as vice president for advancement at Claremont 

Graduate University. Mr. McIntosh has also held a number of leadership positions at Whittier 

College, including vice president for advancement. He was vice president for development 

and alumni relations at Loyola Marymount University. Additionally, he has worked in 

university advancement at Harvey Mudd College, Caltech, and UCLA. He completed his 

undergraduate education at UCLA, studying political science and history.