CSU, Chico News

Former Dean Mike Ward Appointed Interim Provost

Date: 04-14-2016

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Mike Ward, who previously held several academic leadership positions at CSU, Chico, has been named interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Ward started in his new post April 4. He replaces Susan Elrod, who served as interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs from October 2014 until the end of last month. Elrod starts this month in the position of provost and executive vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

In a message to campus, President Paul Zingg said Ward will serve until a permanent provost has been identified following a national search process convened by incoming CSU, Chico President Gayle Hutchinson, who will take office July 6.

Ward came to CSU, Chico in 1988 as an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has served in a number of administrative capacities for the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management (ECC), including department chair, associate dean and dean.

Ward also was asked by Zingg to serve as interim dean of the College of Business in 2011-12 while concurrently serving as dean of ECC. In 2014, he served as interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences. Most recently, Ward served as interim vice provost for budget and academic resources from August 2014 to February 2015.

“Many on our campus know Mike well,” said Zingg. “He has served Chico State with great distinction and commitment for over 25 years. As a dean and through service in the provost's office, Mike has earned respect and trust that reaches to all divisions of the University and into the Chico community.

“We are very fortunate to have Mike to turn to again,” Zingg said. “He will provide invaluable assistance to president-designee Hutchinson during her transition time and will ensure a steady hand in the provost's office in the period ahead before a permanent provost has been appointed.”

Ward received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from UC Davis. He earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. In 2012, he was awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal for Academic Achievement by the UC Davis College of Engineering “for distinction in teaching, research and other scholarly pursuits.” In 2013, he was named a Business Advocate of the year by the Chico Chamber of Commerce.