Mission: To advance the art and science of healthcare
Vision: To provide innovative education and healthcare delivery systems
Congratulations to CNUCOM Class of 2019 on the outstanding performance of USMLE Step 1. All the 57 students who registered for USMLE Step 1 passed the test. The class mean is 228.

Office of Academic Affairs

Serving the Academic Community at California Northstate University

The Office of Academic Affairs advances the academic mission of California Northstate University. The office serves as the central point for all University studies, encompassing the four Colleges, the Registrar and the Institute for Teaching and Learning Institute (ITLE). We ensure quality academic programs for all students and support well qualified faculty to provide excellent teaching and learning.

Welcome from the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs!

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs is the principal administrative center for academic affairs on campus. As CNU’s Chief Academic Officer, the VP of Academic Affairs is responsible for the supervision of all colleges, faculty, instructional academic staff and academic programs at the university.

As a Vice President of Academic Affairs, I work closely with faculty and staff to ensure the highest academic standards and a vibrant student learning environment on campus. We are proud to provide opportunities that will challenge and encourage our students to meet the skills and mind set needed in an ever-evolving healthcare field.

The office is actively involved in strategic planning on campus and has been the chief architect of the Academic Program Plan and its annual updates. It also plays a vital role in teaching and learning excellence as well as program review and improvements. We aim to ensure that, from the outset, your experience here will be of the very highest quality. 

Catherine Yang, Ph.D.  


Dr. Linda Buckley, PhD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (COP)

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Buckley served as Chief Planning Officer at University of the Pacific for four years.  From 2006 – 2014 she was Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at San Francisco State University and Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor at Sacramento State University for 11 years.  She is currently an Emerita Professor at Sacramento State University.  Buckley also served as Associate Director of the International Training and Education Center at UC, Davis.  She earned her BA in English from University of Georgia; MA in Linguistics from UC, Davis; and MA and Ph.D in Anthropology from UC, Davis.  In addition to her work in academic affairs on strategic planning, accreditation, assessment, curriculum planning, and institutional research, she has worked extensively on teacher training grants with the Fulbright Association, Institute of International Education, Amideast, and USAID in Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.  Buckley has been a Commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 2013.


Dr. Francisco Leite, PhD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (CHS)

Dr. Leite has worked in the field of education for over 32 years, holding positions in administrative leadership for higher education and vocational education. He has been working continuously in the field of Health Science Education (program and curriculum development and evaluation) in the last 10 years. Dr. Leite has distinguished himself as a professional in educational administration with a strong background and extensive experience in both quantitative and qualitative educational research, particularly in the field of program evaluation using mixed methods design. He has dedicated himself to program and curriculum development and has extensive experience in accreditation procedures related to the academic standards for National and Regional accrediting agencies in the United States.


Samantha Langlois, Academic Affairs Coordinator

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