Claudia Araiza - PhD - Vice-Chancellor for Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness

Claudia Araiza, PhD became the new Chancellor of Southern States University on November 8, 2021.

Greetings to our SSU Community, Families and Future Students,

I am very delighted to be appointed the new Chancellor at the University. Both being humbled and honored, I will strive tocontinue a path of progress and sustainability for the University. Having spent the last decade at Southern States University, from being Adjunct Faculty member to being the recent Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer, I have learned that the most important value that someone can bring to an institution of higher education is the commitment towards student learning and success.

I’m grateful to my predecessors for building a strong structure for the University and I will continue in that path of bringing innovative ways for teaching our students and offering programs that meet the needs of today’s workforce. I am also committed to faculty governance and to meeting the administrative needs of an evolving institution.

Having a multicultural upbringing with humble beginnings, I understand the needs of today’s students. At Southern States University, students, faculty, and staff can find a place in which diversity, ideas, and values are shared, respected, and promoted.I am committed to improving opportunities for students from all backgrounds.

I invite prospective students to explore our programs. Our student-centered approach and our commitment towards student success allow students to form long-lasting relationships withour faculty and the SSU community. Our faculty members come from a diverse set of backgrounds with several of them holding key leadership positions as practitioners in their own fields.

Many of our alumni have gone to achieve great success in their careers and personal lives. Other alumni have pursued additional education from a second bachelor’s or master’s degree to a doctorate program. And three of our alumni now serve as members of the SSU Board of Trustees.

I encourage you to explore our programs and learn more about the learning outcomes that are aligned with your interests.


Claudia Araiza, PhD


Southern States University