CSU, Chico News

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Named

Date: 10-13-2014

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico President Paul Zingg announced today, Oct. 13, that Susan Elrod, CSU, Chico alumna and dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University, Fresno, has been named interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Elrod has taken a leave of absence from Fresno State and will start in her new post Oct. 20. She replaces Belle Wei, who resigned from the provost position last month.

Prior to her dean appointment at Fresno State in January 2013, Elrod was a faculty member in the Biological Sciences Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for 15 years. During her tenure at Cal Poly, she also served as associate dean for strategic initiatives (College of Science and Mathematics), special assistant to the provost, vice chair of the Academic Senate, director of the University Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education and assistant director of Cal Poly’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

From 2010 to 2012, Elrod was executive director of the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ Project Kaleidoscope, which establishes national goals and initiatives in undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. She is also a former American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, focusing on reaccreditation, assessment and accountability issues.

Elrod graduated from CSU, Chico with honors in 1986. She majored in biology with a minor in chemistry. She served as AS president from 1985 to 1986. Elrod earned her doctorate in genetics from UC Davis in 1995.

"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to return to Chico State as interim provost,” said Elrod. “I know how transformative the Chico Experience is because of the impact that it had on my life. Chico is truly a special place. I look forward to working with the faculty, students, staff, alumni, friends and community members to continue to advance the mission of this great University.”

In his message to campus today, Zingg wrote, “With a national reputation in STEM teaching and learning, extensive experience leading efforts with and for faculty and staff and an ability to work with other divisions like Student Affairs and Advancement to achieve her institution’s priorities, Susan is an ideal choice as our interim provost. And it doesn’t hurt that she is a proud alumna and looking forward to returning to Chico.”

Zingg said a national search for a permanent provost will begin in fall 2015. In a message to campus last week, Zingg said an interim provost serving at least one academic year will be a benefit to the University.