Cal State L.A. names Lynn Mahoney as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mahoney has considerable experience with enhancing student learning and improving retention and graduation rates

Lynn MahoneyLos Angeles--Lynn Mahoney, Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at California State University, Long Beach, has been named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cal State L.A. Her appointment is effective February 1, 2015.

“I am so excited and deeply honored to have been given this opportunity,” Mahoney said.

As part of the selection process, Mahoney met earlier this month with Cal State L.A. students, faculty members, administrators and staff.  She said she was impressed with what she heard in those sessions.

“To a person, everyone is there for the students,” she said. “Cal State L.A. puts its students first.”

Her appointment was announced Monday morning by University President William A. Covino. “As Provost, Lynn Mahoney will bring longstanding dedication to outstanding academic programs, and widely recognized success as an innovative and accomplished leader,” Covino said. 

As a member of Cal State Long Beach’s leadership team and with more than 20 years of teaching experience, Mahoney has been closely involved with student learning and curriculum development. She has dedicated much of her academic career to enhancing learning environments and improving retention and graduation rates.

As Cal State L.A.’s provost, she will serve as chief academic officer and be responsible for administering academic programs to ensure they adhere to the University’s teaching and research mission. Mahoney will oversee Cal State L.A.’s eight colleges and the library.

Mahoney will also directly oversee all academic support units, hold divisional responsibility for the allocation of resources and chair the University Resource Allocation Committee.  She will serve as an ex-officio member of the Academic Senate and chair the University Strategic Planning and Coordinating Committee.

Mahoney came to Cal State Long Beach in August 2008 as the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies. In August 2013, she was named the university’s Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Her responsibilities have included overseeing enrollment planning, institutional research and initiatives to improve graduation rates.

Prior to Long Beach, Mahoney was a faculty member and Associate Provost for Integrative Learning and Vice President for Student Affairs at Purchase College, State University of New York. As a social historian, she taught courses in U.S. women’s history and feminism, and race and ethnicity.

Mahoney received a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University. She is the author of Elizabeth Stoddard and the Boundaries of Bourgeois Culture and has lectured extensively on the construction of whiteness in the U.S. and the construction of gender globally.

Photo: Lynn Mahoney. (Photo credit: Cal State Long Beach)


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