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May 2, 2007
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 May 2, 2007

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Cal State L.A. names Cardoza
Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

Current sciences dean, long familiar
on campus, to assume post July 1

Los Angeles, CA – Dr. Desdemona Cardoza, a veteran of various leadership roles at California State University, Los Angeles, will become the University’s next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs on July 1.

Cardoza, a professor of psychology who joined the Cal State L.A. faculty in 1988, is currently dean of the University’s College of Natural and Social Sciences.

In making the announcement today, Cal State L.A. President James M. Rosser, said, “Dr. Cardoza is extremely well-prepared to address successfully these new duties, responsibilities and challenges. She has been an extraordinarily effective dean, and she has been outstanding in each of her appointments at Cal State L.A. I look forward to working with her in this new role.”

As dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences, Cardoza oversees 22 bachelor’s-degree programs and 15 master’s-degree programs in a wide range of fields—including anthropology, biochemistry, geography, mathematics, physics and political science. Prior to becoming dean in 2001, she served for eight years as the University’s vice president for Information Resources Management. Two decades ago, she also served for a year as the campus’s director of analytical studies.

As provost, Cardoza will be the University’s chief academic officer, guiding policy formation for Cal State L.A.'s instructional program and overseeing its six colleges, which offer 59 undergraduate programs and 51 graduate programs. She will also have responsibility for the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library and the Division of Extended Education.

Cal State L.A. has about 570 full-time and 615 part-time faculty members serving an enrollment of 20,565 students, about 5,000 of them graduate students.

“The role of the provost,” said Cardoza, “is to work collaboratively with all areas of the University to ensure that we engage in an inclusive academic planning process that enables us to articulate and achieve a shared vision.

“It is essential that we continue to create and support a cohesive educational environment that connects teaching, learning, research, scholarship and creative activity to maximize the educational experience of both undergraduate and graduate students and to ensure that our students have optimal chances to be academically successful,” she said. “Our students need an education that adds value to the quality of their lives and gives them a competitive edge in seeking to fulfill their academic and career goals.”

Cardoza earned a doctorate and a master’s degree, both in social/personal psychology, from the University of California, Riverside. She earned her bachelor’s degree, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, from the University of California, Berkeley. Early in her career she taught at the University of California, Riverside; California State University, Fullerton; and California State University, Long Beach.

She serves on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Free Clinic and as a consultant to the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women. She has authored journal articles on ethnic identity, attitudes toward immigrants, and Latinos and higher education.

Cardoza succeeds Herman D. Lujan, who has been provost and the vice president for Academic Affairs at Cal State L.A. since 2001.

Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 190,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.


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