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Aug 22, 2011

Cabrillo College Welcomes New Deans John Graulty and Isabel O’Connor

Aptos, CA—Cabrillo College welcomes John Graulty as its new Dean of the Visual, Applied and Performing Arts Division (VAPA), and Isabel O’Connor as the new Dean of the Human Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Division. Both Graulty and O’Connor started their new duties on July 1, in preparation for the coming fall semester.

“We are excited to add two exceptionally qualified and experienced people to Cabrillo’s leadership team,” stated Cabrillo College President Brian King. “John Graulty has served successfully as a Dean of the Arts in the California Community College system and is also an accomplished musician and conductor in his own right. Isabel O’Connor has years of experience both as a teacher and leader. She is passionate about helping students overcome obstacles to succeed in college the way she was able to beat the odds, coming from a rural community in Spain where most women did not achieve a college degree.”

John Graulty, Ed.D, formerly Dean of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Merced Community College, is the current Chair of the College Music Society’ (CMS) Academic Citizenship Committee and a member of the CMS Committee on Administration and Academic Leadership. He is a former U.S. Air Force conductor who has worked in mediums ranging from jazz to opera. John has led performances at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Red Army Theater in Moscow. He also conducted President Bill Clinton in his brief guest appearance with the USAF Band in Europe. He has guest conducted the Wroclaw Philharmonic, the Harlem Festival Orchestra, and on Latvian National Radio.

“I’m passionate about the vital role the arts play in improving the human condition and stimulating creative and critical thought, so I’m thrilled to be serving an institution and living in a community that values and celebrates the creative human spirit to such a high degree,” commented Graulty. “I look forward to helping students transform their passions into professions so that they might enrich their own lives and the communities of which they are a part.”
Isabel O’Connor, Ph.D, comes to Cabrillo from Indiana University at South Bend, where she was Program Chair and Associate Professor of History. Her book, A Forgotten Community: The Mudejar Aljama of Xàtiva, 1240-1327 was published by E. J. Brill in 2002. She is the author of several articles that examine the interaction between Muslims, Jews and Christians in thirteenth-century Spain. O’Connor received the Indiana University South Bend Distinguished Teaching Award, Indiana University Trustee’s Teaching Award and was admitted to the prestigious Indiana University system-wide Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching.

O’Connor stated, “I am honored to be part of Cabrillo College and to be able to contribute to its tradition of excellence. As an immigrant, I also want to return to society the greatest gift I ever received from the community college system: the opportunity to jump start my education in a new country.”


About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.

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