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January 3, 2013 9:00pm
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•  University hires key manager

•  Sac State professor gets high honors

•  UPDATED @ 9:40 a.m. Friday

John Carvana
James Ritchey
Ron Costa

• John Carvana has been named manager of career services fpr Drexel University Sacramento.

Mr. Carvana joins the Drexel staff after spending the last three years as executive director for career development services at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Before starting his tenure at Loyola Marymount, he served as director of the Career Resource Center from 2002 to 2009 at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

Mr. Carvana will play a key role when the university launches its full-time undergraduate program in business for students who have finished at least the first two years of their undergraduate education. The undergraduate program, which begins in Fall 2013, will include a cooperative education experience where each student receives six months of paid professional experience.

Before moving to California, Mr. Carvana worked as a college and university relations manager and employment development director for Corning Inc., and worked in career development positions for Seton Hall University, Emory University and Texas State Technical College.


• James Ritchey, a Sacramento State chemistry professor, is the 2013 recipient of the Andreoli Faculty Service Award.

The honor recognizes a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the development of biotechnology programs in the 23-campus California State University system.

Mr. Andreoli (CSU Los Angeles) believed CSU has a special role to play in higher education by providing opportunities to many nontraditional students who otherwise would have fewer options for advancement.

Mr. Ritchey’s major fields are biochemistry, chemistry, patent law and intellectual property law. His lecture and lab assignments have combined general, organic and biochemistry courses, and various upper-division biochemistry classes. His book, “College Chemistry in the Laboratory,” is in its 10th edition.

Mr. Richey attended McGeorge School of Law at night, earned his degree and taught intellectual property law and patent law as an adjunct there for 15 years. He’s currently a partner at the law firm of O’Banion & Ritchey LLP, which specializes in intellectual property law (patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition) and related litigation and licensing matters. And he advises Sacramento State’s University Enterprises Inc. on patent law.


• Ron Costa has been hired to fill the vacant position of assistant superintendent of educational services at the San Joaquin County Office of Education.

Mr. Costa is currently superintendent of Escalon Unified School District. Prior to this position, he was assistant superintendent at Riverbank Unified School District and also served as principal at Rio Altura School in Riverbank Unified School District.

San Joaquin County Office of Education provides educational leadership, resources, and services to support schools throughout the county.


• Brian McMahon, 62, of El Dorado Hills, has been appointed undersecretary at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Mr. McMahon has been executive director at the California Employment Training Panel since 2007. He was director of strategic initiatives for MH West Inc. in 2007, executive director for the California Workforce Investment Board from 2005 to 2007 and corporate vice president and west coast manager of Strategic Partnerships, LLC from 2004 to 2005.

Mr. McMahon was president for the California Manufacturers and Technology Association from 1992 to 2004 and director at the Office of Local Development in the California Trade and Commerce Agency from 1988 to 1992.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $132,300. Mr. McMahon is a Republican.

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