Appointment of Interim Provost and VP of Academic Affairs

DATE: December 18, 2012

TO: Faculty and Staff

FROM: Karen S. Haynes, President
SUBJECT: Appointment of Interim Provost and VP of Academic Affairs

After consultation with the Academic Affairs Leadership Council and following many individual conversations with members of this team, I am pleased that there was a great deal of concurrence about the needs of the division during this transition; the desire to reduce the ripple effect of appointing an interim, and the agreement to continue to work together as a strong team toward high level Academic Affairs and University goals. Dr. Graham Oberem has agreed to accept my offer to become the interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs effective Jan. 14, 2013.

Dr. Oberem has been at Cal State San Marcos since 1996 with increasing service in academic administrative positions. He served as program director and department chair in physics from 1996 to 2006; from 2006 to 2010 he served as associate dean for budget and operations in the College of Arts and Sciences; from 2010 to May of 2012 he served as associate dean in the College of Math and Sciences; and since May of 2012 as associate vice president for planning and academic resources. With the continued support of the entire academic affairs leadership team, I believe this transition period will be smooth and productive.

I have already asked the Academic Senate, ASI and the Academic Affairs Leadership Council to provide me with recommendations for members on the search committee and I will announce that committee composition as soon as I have all input. The search firm of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates has already submitted their proposal at my request to support this search. Sharon Tanabe was the partner who supported our academic deans searches over the past two years. The search firm will assist us in assuring that we have a strong and diverse candidate pool and that we retain strong candidates during the search process while helping us to develop candidate evaluation criteria.

Finally, I wish to invite you to a farewell buffet luncheon for Dr. Emily Cutrer on Jan. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kellogg Library Reading Room.  A brief program will commence at noon.