Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer, Founding Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University Channel Islands (CI), completed his Bachelorís degree in Communication and English from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio; his Masterís degree in Organizational Communication Behavior at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico, and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Sawyer was appointed Assistant Dean of Students at UNT. Within a period of four years, Sawyer was promoted to Associate Dean and then Dean of Students, where he was also a member of the Communication faculty. After ten years as a Dean and faculty member at UNT, Sawyer was appointed the Founding Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers, Florida. After six and one half years at FGCU, in 2002, Sawyer became CIís Inaugural Vice President for Student Affairs.
In 2004, Sawyer was recognized as the Most Distinguished Black Citizen by the Ventura County Chapter of the NAACP. In 2005, he was recognized by the students at CI with the Maximus Award, as Outstanding Administrator of the Year. In 2007, Sawyer was recognized by the Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA) as the Senior Practitioner of the Year. In 2008, Sawyer was presented with the Wang Family Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty and administrators in the California State University system. Sawyer was selected as the outstanding administrator of the year out of 46,000 faculty and staff in the CSU. And in 2012, Sawyer was recognized by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as the recipient of the Scott Goodnight Award for outstanding performance as a Vice President for Student Affairs.