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Jersky Named Provost

Published: January 15, 2016

Brian Jersky has been named as CSULB’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Jersky will begin serving in his new capacity on June 1 and replaces David Dowell who will retire at the end of the 2015-16 academic year.

“It is an incredible honor to have been selected as provost at a university as prestigious as Cal State Long Beach,” said Jersky. “The university has a long history of success in its mission to educate a richly diverse population of students. I look forward to working with the faculty and my new colleagues in the administration to help continue to improve student outcomes and assist the university in fulfilling that mission. I’d like to see Cal State Long Beach achieving a transformative education for all the outstanding students who come to us for the benefit of the many communities we serve.”

Jersky joins CSULB after spending the previous four years as the Dean of the College of Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He previously held the positions of senior lecturer in the statistics department at Macquarie University (2010-11) in Sydney, Australia and Dean of the School of Science at Saint Mary’s College of California (2006-10). Jersky spent 15 years (1992-2006) at Sonoma State University serving in a variety of capacities including assistant professor of mathematics, chair of mathematics and director of academic planning and resources in the School of Science and Technology.

Jersky began his career in higher education at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa where he earned bachelor of science degrees in Mathematical Statistics/Economics and Mathematical Statistics. Jersky earned both an M.S and Ph.D. in Statistics from Cornell University.

“Dr. Brian Jersky has impeccable academic credentials and a deep commitment to student success. I am excited he will be our next provost,” said President Jane Close Conoley. “I’m confident Dr. Jersky will advance our university by developing innovative ways to encourage and support faculty and students in their aspirations for excellence.”

In his role as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Jersky’s key responsibilities will include leading the Division of Academic Affairs in continuously strengthening a rigorous academic environment supportive of faculty opportunity and student success, supervising the division’s analysis of academic programs and assessment of student learning in the ongoing accreditation of the university and its academic programs.

Brian Jersky
Brian Jersky

Jersky replaces Dowell, who has served in an interim role as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs since July 2013. Dowell will retire after 37 years at CSULB having held a variety of positions including vice provost and director of strategic planning, associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts, chair of the Department of Psychology and as a professor of psychology. During his tenure as the university’s chief academician, CSULB reached all-time highs in both graduation rates and the number of students earning degrees annually.