Ruttanatip (Dang) Chonwerawong, Ph.D.


Originally from Thailand, Dr. Ruttanatip (Dang) Chonwerawong is particularly interested in access to higher education for students from low-income families, first generation college students, and–most importantly–students who are historically underrepresented in American higher education settings. She has more than 25 years of experience as a higher education practitioner and senior administrator, and consultant to cultural competency strategy.


  • Received her undergraduate degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, from Chiang Mai University, Thailand; Master’s degree in Adult Education from University of Wisconsin Platteville; Master’s degree in Educational Administration; and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from UW-Madison.
  • Led a federally funded program called TRIO Student Support Services for 14 years before becoming an Assistant Dean for Student Diversity Programs in the School of Education where she oversaw multiple programs ranging from pre-college to graduate levels, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Associate Vice President for Student Academic Support Services at California State San Marcos supervising units including Veteran Services, Latin@ Center, Readiness and Success Services, ACE Scholar Program for former foster youth, and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).
  • Served as the Special Assistant to the President of the University of Wisconsin System.
  • Dean for Student Development at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.
  • Served as the Associate Vice President for Student Success at California State University, Dominguez Hills where she coordinated the implementation of Early Start, EAB Navigate, New Student Convocation and supervised first year advising units including EOP, former foster youth program, career center, and student affairs assessments office.
  • During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Other interests include painting, volunteering, sewing, cooking, gardening, photography, embroidery, and felting.