Lea Mizumoto, assistant dean of academic advising at Warren College at UC San Diego was one of three staff members recently honored for their 40-year commitment to UCSD.

Entering as a freshman at UC San Diego in the fall of 1969, Lea Mizumoto began her career on campus at the library. In subsequent undergraduate years, she was a part of Talent Search, a Student Affairs program that encourages students from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply to college and provides academic, career and financial counseling. This gave her a great foundation when she entered her first professional staff position at then Third College (now Marshall College) as a receptionist in the Academic Advising Office.

“In all of my positions at UC San Diego, there has always been a great camaraderie in the units,” said Mizumoto. “This provided me with a wonderful workplace with an internal support group which I valued greatly.”

Now assistant dean of academic advising, Mizumoto works with students to make their UC San Diego experience a more rewarding and fruitful one. “I get an incredible sense of accomplishment when I see a student leave our advising session with new or continued enthusiasm and direction towards their goals,” said Mizumoto.