The Cuesta College Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved the appointment of two new deans.

Maria Escobedo was hired as dean of the college’s North County campus and South County center. She is serving as assistant to the vice president of enrollment management at Cal State Bakersfield.

Jason Curtis was hired as the school’s new dean of sciences and mathematics. He is chair of the biology and chemistry department at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Both candidates were selected after nationwide searches.

Escobedo has more than 17 years of experience coordinating student service programs and 20 years experience in grant writing. In her current position, she is responsible for college assistance and the Migrant Education Program at Cal State Bakersfield.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cal State Bakersfield, a master’s in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Texas and doctorate in educational leadership from the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

Curtis graduated from Cuesta College in 1992, earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Cal Poly in 1993 and his doctorate in biological sciences from Purdue University in 2001.

In addition to serving as the biology and chemistry department chair since 2013, the Cuesta alum has served as a faculty representative on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, an institutional effectiveness coordinator and an associate professor at Purdue since 2000. He also has been awarded with Purdue’s 2013 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award.

Both are expected to start their new jobs July 1.

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