Cynthia Villis

Cynthia Villis
Phone: (619) 260-4686
Office: Hughes Administration Center 202B

Assistant Provost, Institute of College Initiatives & TRiO

  • MA/PhD, Counseling Psychology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • BA, Psychology at University of Missouri-Columbia
Dr. Cynthia Villia has served in the administration of San Diego for 30 years as dean, associate provost, and assistant provost. She helps connect USD to the greater San Diego community, making the university environment especially welcoming and supportive to students and their families. 
In 1998, Cynthia founded USD's Institute of College Initiatives. The institute supports programs that prepare students to succeed in college and graduate school: TRiO Upward Bound, TRiO Student Support Services, TRiO McNair Scholars, TRiO Alumni Association, and Black Student Resource Center.