Office of the President

Dr. Debra Larson

Dr. Debra Larson is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She joined CSU, Chico in March 2017 after a nationwide search. Dr. Larson served as dean of the College of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo from 2011-2017. Prior to Cal Poly, Dr. Larson served as chair, associate dean, and associate vice provost at Northern Arizona University over a 17-year span. She also worked as a civil engineer in the private sector for more than a decade before her work at Northern Arizona.

Dr. Larson holds a PhD in civil engineering from Arizona State University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University. She has received significant recognition during her career, including the Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Leadership Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and two state-level ASCE leadership awards. She has served as an ABET evaluator and currently serves as vice chair for ABET’s Academic Advisory Council. She is a Governor for the Order of the Engineer, an organization dedicated to promoting the ethical and humanitarian responsibilities of engineering, and recently served on the executive team for the Engineering Deans Council of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Debra Larson