Stephen Handel

Office of the President, University of California


Stephen J. Handel, Ph.D., is the Associate Vice President—Undergraduate Admissions for the University of California (UC) System. In this capacity, Dr. Handel provides leadership concerning freshman and community college transfer admissions policy and practice for the nine UC undergraduate campuses. Prior to this position, he served for nearly a decade as the Executive Director of the National Office of Community College Initiatives at the College Board. At the College Board, Handel advocated for and conducted research with community colleges nationally and internationally, with a special focus on initiatives that advance educational access and equity for all students.

Dr. Handel also served as UC's first Director of Community College Transfer Enrollment Planning, where he initiated strategic enrollment policies focusing on the needs of community college transfer students. During this time, he worked closely with colleagues at the California Community College Chancellor's Office to increase significantly the number of community college students transferring to a UC campus. He is the author of the Community College Counselor Sourcebook as well as other publications focusing on higher education issues, including Under Match and the Community College Student, Remediating Remediation (with Ronald Williams), Strengthening the Nation By Narrowing the Gap (with James Montoya), and Second Chance, Not Second Class: A Blueprint for Community College Transfer. Dr. Handel earned his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, a B.A. from California State University, Sacramento, and an A.A. from Cosumnes River Community College.