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Division of Academic Affairs

Message from the Provost

Brian Jersky

Returning from a week-long visit with my family in Australia, I was excited to hear that Long Beach Mayor (and CSULB alumnus) Robert Garcia and President Conoley had officially announced the planned downtown housing project being called the Cal State Long Beach Village, a student-focused and mixed-use development that will boost the university’s presence in Downtown Long Beach.

For those who haven’t heard, the plans call for a 22-story complex to be built in the former City Place shopping center at Long Beach Boulevard and Fourth Street that will contain housing for up to 800 students, faculty and staff. In addition, the complex will include 16 classrooms, a 5,000-square-foot innovation center, a 10,000-square-foot CSULB-run art gallery and museum, and 45,000 square feet of ground floor retail.

Through this project, we are looking forward to extending the deep connection between the city and the campus by establishing this new location where students can live and work while studying at The Beach. We also hope the art museum, innovation center and CCPE classrooms will further enhance the image of the university downtown.

I want to point out that no state or other university funds are going to be expended on this project. I think that’s important to note. Also, there are a couple of official hurdles to get over before the project moves forward, including a review and approval from the Chancellor’s Office and some leasing details. Still, with strong support from the city, it appears the CSULB Village will be a reality.

As I approach my one-year anniversary as provost at The Beach, one of the many things that have impressed me is the high quality of faculty at the university. This has been made very obvious to me in the hundreds of personnel files I have reviewed as part of the RTP process. I congratulate all of those who have been reappointed or received tenure or promotion.

Adding to that positive impression were the small-group lunches I had with a variety of faculty. These were one of the great pleasures during my first year here. In fact, they were generally the highlight of my weeks. We shared free and open discussions about the good things that happen here and also the challenges and tried to discuss how to make things better.

Overall, about 175 tenure-track faculty and full-time lecturers joined me for lunch on these occasions. We have been inviting groups by the year they were hired, and currently, we have invited faculty hired through 2005. I look forward to continuing these lunches during the 2017-18 academic year, and you should also expect to hear something regarding the lunches during my convocation address that will reflect more on these meetings.

I must admit that I was lucky to inherit a very talented pool of AVPs, who helped make my transition at the campus much easier, and the group of deans in place when I arrived was equally impressive. During my first year, we have successfully filled all of the AVP openings, with the exception of the graduate studies position being vacated by Dr. Cecile Lindsay in July. Additionally, the university has now achieved a full complement of permanent and outstanding academic leaders heading up each of the colleges.

The campus also is really fortunate to have such high-quality staff in its ranks, including Ronnie Heard, whose duties include maintaining Lough Fountain next to Brotman Hall. Every morning I come in, it seems he is there with his net making the fountain beautiful, and he always has a smile for everyone he greets. There is also my assistant, Amy Paulsen, who runs the Office of the Provost. She, too, always has a smile and positive greeting for everyone she comes into contact with while at the same time doing high-level, strategic work that allows me to do my job. Individuals like Ronnie and Amy are vital to the campus’ everyday operations.

Before I close, I’d like to express my gratitude to one other staff member, Rick Gloady, who came back from retirement and stepped up to the plate to help me with my communications over these last four months. His efforts have truly been appreciated, but someone else will soon be filling his chair. The search for Linda Fontes’ permanent replacement is nearly concluded, and that new person should be joining our ranks early in July.

At the end of this week, I will be heading to Italy with President Conoley to explore an exciting opportunity for our students. I look forward to discussing the trip—the details and any results—with you in my next message.

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