Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

California State University, East Bay (Cal State East Bay) seeks an experienced, collaborative leader with a deep commitment to students and their success to serve as its next provost and vice president for academic affairs (provost).


Cal State East Bay is recognized as a regionally engaged and globally oriented university with a strong commitment to academic innovation, faculty and student research, student success, community focused service learning, diversity and sustainability. Founded in 1957, Cal State East Bay is one of 23 universities of the California State University (CSU) system. Cal State East Bay’s beautiful main campus is located in the Hayward Hills with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Situated above the city of Hayward, the university offers an ideal setting for teaching and learning with easy access to the many cities in the Bay Area. The university, with a student population of nearly 15,000 students, has a satellite campus in Concord, a professional development center in Oakland and a significant presence online. The university’s students arrive predominantly from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and over 60 percent are the first in their families to go to college. Cal State East Bay‘s four colleges, including Business and Economics; Education and Allied Studies; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; and Science, offer a total of 48 bachelor's degrees, 56 minors, 23 credentials and certificates, 34 master’s degrees, a doctorate in Educational Leadership and five subject matter preparation programs. The university strives to meet the educational needs of and contribute to the vitality of the East Bay, the state, the nation and global communities.


Reporting directly to the president and serving on her senior leadership team, the incoming provost will provide strong leadership and vision for the academic community, working in close partnership to develop innovative strategies that help address many of the campus's most pressing challenges. Operating within a robust shared governance environment, the incoming provost will be expected to strengthen and expand student success initiatives – particularly those that have the biggest impact on underrepresented minority students – and enrollment strategies that support CSU's Graduation Initiative 2025. Furthermore, the next provost should demonstrate and embody values that are aligned with Cal State East Bay's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, and provide support to deans and other academic leaders related to diverse faculty hiring and improving student success for underrepresented minority populations, among other key initiatives. The provost should also be a champion of faculty and the overall academic mission of the campus, and help generate and appropriately manage resources to help the academic community be successful.


The incoming provost should be an engaged and team-focused leader with a demonstrated commitment to faculty excellence and the needs of twenty-first century students. The provost should possess senior administrative experience at a comprehensive, public university. A deep background in fiscal and budget management will be important, as well as experience in generating new revenue streams through external sources. Experience managing an academic enterprise within a strong shared governance and union environment is critical, while balancing the needs and interests of faculty with the realities of administering a complex, public institution that is part of a 23-campus system. The provost should be committed to supporting the development of existing faculty while maintaining a laser focus on recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty cohort. Strong communication and listening skills are essential. Candidates should have an earned doctorate (or equivalent) and academic record to warrant appointment at the rank of full professor at Cal State East Bay. For more information, please visit


All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by December 1, 2021. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Alejandra Gillette-Teran and Julia Bradley

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Cal State East Bay does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran's status.


CSU Vaccination Policy


CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to