California State University, Stanislaus announced Thursday that the long search for a new provost and vice president for Academic Affairs has come to an end. James Strong, currently dean of the College of Business and Public Policy at CSU Dominguez Hills, will become CSU Stanislaus provost on Monday.
“Strong has an extensive background in academic leadership and is committed to providing positive leadership for faculty, staff and students by building a motivating culture through constant communication and consultation,” said CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani.
Strong has held his post at CSU Dominguez Hills since 2003. Previously, Strong served as the associate dean of the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron.
In total, Strong has spent 12 years in higher education administration.
“Long-term student success, transparency, data sharing and a commitment to shared governance have always been an integral part of my success as an academic leader,” Strong said.
Prior to assuming leadership roles, Strong spent three years as an assistant professor at Rowan University and 14 years rising through the professoriate at the University of Akron. During those 17 years, Strong compiled an “outstanding teaching and publication record,” according to CSU Stanislaus.
Strong also has eight years of private sector management experience.
Strong holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from Drexel University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toledo, and a B.A. degree in English from Lafayette College.
He will replace Interim Provost Herman Lujan, who has held the temporary post since July. Lujan’s last day on campus was Friday, but he will remain available to assist with the transition over the next few months.
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