Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Meet the Provost

Dr. Debra S. Larson

Dr. Debra Larson stepped into the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs position in March 2017 and is also currently serving as the campus Research Integrity Officer and the president of the Chico State Enterprises Board. She came to Chico State from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where she had been dean of the College of Engineering since 2011. Prior to that appointment, she served as chair, associate dean, and associate vice provost during her 17 years of service at Northern Arizona University (NAU). She also worked as a civil engineer in the private sector for more than a decade before her work at NAU.

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, most notably the Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Leadership Award from the American Society of Civil Engineering. She has also served as an accreditation evaluator on a number of reviews for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Dr. Debra S. Larson