News Release| CSULA; Provost Announcement


Cal State L.A.
names Ashish Vaidya as Provost
and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Vaidya is currently Dean
of the Faculty at Cal State Channel Islands


Los Angeles, CA —

Ashish Vaidya,
dean of the faculty at California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI),
has been named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Los
(CSULA). Vaidya, who begins his new position on Oct. 1, will
bring broad administrative experience and an extensive record of
academic success to the University.

Picture of Ashish Vaidya.

Vaidya, who is
also a professor of economics, has served as dean of the faculty at
CSUCI since 2005. Prior to dean, he was the director of the Master of Business Administration program
(2003-2005) and the founding director of the Center for International
Affairs (2004-2006) at CSUCI, which is the newest of the 23 campuses in
the California State University system.


Vaidya has a reputation for sound judgment and professionalism, as well
as administrative and economic expertise that will serve Cal State L.A.
well, especially as we all work to move forward in these unpredictable
budgetary times,” said CSULA President James M. Rosser. “Ashish is an
effective leader whose commitment to student access and success, faculty
development and administrative collaboration will prove vital as the
University continues to fulfill its urban-focused mission.”

Vaidya had roots at CSULA in the College
of Business and Economics prior to joining CSUCI. During his tenure at
CSULA, he served as a professor of economics. He began assuming
administrative responsibilities first as the director of the MBA program
from 1997 to 2001 and, subsequently, as the associate chair of the
Department of Economics and Statistics.


“I am
delighted to be returning to Cal State L.A.,”
said Vaidya. “I believe my experiences at Cal State L.A. and
CSUCI position me well to work with President Rosser, the faculty, the
administration, and staff; and in helping students achieve their
educational goals.”

Vaidya began his
faculty career in 1991 at CSULA after completing his doctorate at the
University of California at Davis. His fields of specialization are
international trade, applied microeconomics and development economics.
He has published research articles in the areas of strategic and optimal
trade policy, agricultural policy, as well as pedagogical issues of
business and management education in leading journals. Vaidya is also
the editor of the two-volume Globalization: An Encyclopedia of Trade,
Labor and Politics

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