About the Provost

José Luis Alvarado

Message from Provost José Luis Alvarado
July 20, 2020

Despite the serious COVID-19 challenges, I am delighted to be starting as your new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs today. I thank Dr. Jose A. Gomez for his extraordinary service as Interim Provost and VP AA for the past year. Dr. Gomez has done an excellent job and has been a steadying hand during these challenging times.

As we begin a new academic year and we focus on advancing Cal State LA’s mission, my commitment to establish partnerships and collaborations coupled with your willingness to adapt and overcome the challenges that lie ahead resiliently will make us stronger as individuals and as members of the Golden Eagle family.

The circumstances during my arrival are quite different than what any of us would ever have envisioned. In spite of this, I begin my work feeling inspired by the resiliency of our students, our faculty, and our staff. Even in these challenging times, Cal State LA will continue to serve students and our community with vision, corazón (heart), and commitment. Every day you demonstrate why Cal State LA is a great place to be. I am honored to be joining your ranks and am committed to helping our faculty, staff, and students do their best work through this crisis and in the years to come.

I look forward to meeting and working with many of you, virtually in the near term and in person later, as we navigate this uncharted territory together.

Provost Alvarado


On July 20, 2020, Dr. José Luis Alvarado became the Provost and Vice President of California State University, Los Angeles. He has twenty plus years of significant and progressive higher education leadership experience in the CSU. From 2014 until recently, Dr. Alvarado was a professor and founding dean in the College of Education at California State University, Monterey Bay. He began his teaching career at San Diego State University and served as the associate dean in the College of Education from 2009 – 2014.

Dr. Alvarado is sensitive to and responsive to the needs of underrepresented communities and students served by Cal State LA. The transformative power of education is his north star. Throughout his academic career, his efforts to establish an equity-based approach, eliminate achievement gaps, and develop academic programs that meet the unique needs of the community are grounded in his scholarly research and his diverse-lived experiences.

Raised in the Imperial Valley, Dr. Alvarado is an immigrant from Mexico and the son of farmworkers. He was the first in his family to graduate from college. The provost earned an Associate of Arts in General Education from Imperial Valley College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Special Education from San Diego State University. He received his Ph.D. in Education with a Specialization in Special Education from the University of Virginia.