Dr. Corliss P. Bennett is the Director of Student Success Outcomes at Humboldt State University (HSU). She serves as the principal leader to the Enrollment Management Division in establishing a systematic program of assessment and evaluation essential to supporting the long-term strategic planning for student services.

Prior to that, she spent three years as the Director of the Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence where she was responsible for overseeing a multi-program
portfolio of culturally based student services programs designed to provide Humboldt State Students with networks that blend cultural, community and
academic engagement.

Dr. Bennett brings has a wealth of expertise in leading culturally oriented student services programs, and a lifelong commitment to supporting college access and success for students from historically under-served communities. She has worked in educational institutions on numerous levels and in a variety of capacities, including admissions, pre-college guidance counseling, teaching, or providing educational and motivational seminars to parents, students, and professional staff.

Prior to HSU, she has served seventeen years as Director of the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA) at the University of Southern California (USC). While serving as the Director of CBCSA, she taught a course, which introduced potential peer counselors and resident advisors to a practical and theoretical understanding of the processes that serve the paraprofessional counselor within a diverse urban university environment. She also served three years as the Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at USC.

In addition to working with several departments within Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Dr. Bennett prides herself for collaborating closely with students, staff, faculty, alumni, and university departments across the campus community and throughout Southern California. Through this journey, she shifted from preparing and recruiting students into the university system to ensuring their successful matriculation and graduation.

Before beginning her career in higher education, she served as middle school teacher in the Los Angeles area for four years. She spent twenty-five years working at such prestigious institutions as Harvey Mudd College, Occidental College, Holy Names University, University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, University of Southern California and Humboldt State University.

Dr. Bennett has also served in various national and statewide leadership roles. Included in this service: she served as President of the California Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education (CaCCCHE). She also served – first as Southern California Chair, and then as National Chair – of the African American Knowledge Community for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).

Dr. Bennett earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California. She has a Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education with an emphasis on Student Affairs from the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Sociology and Education from the University of California, Riverside.

You can always count on Dr. Bennett to be enthusiastic and ready to participate and contribute her voice to empower her students. She is a notable supporter of
access and equity in education and works tirelessly to support underrepresented students in their success at the university level. She has dedicated her life to
teaching and educating students on various methods of collegiate achievement.

Dr. Bennett is known along the West Coast as an enthusiastic and energetic motivational speaker, keeping audiences of all ages informed, enlightened and
entertained.