News Release| CSULA; Provost Announcement

August 19, 2010

 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 Angeles (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.  

“Dr. 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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