Newswise — Camarillo, Calif., Oct. 10, 2016 — CSU Channel Islands (CI) is searching for a new Provost. CI has secured the Washington D.C.-based executive search firm Academic Search, Inc. to field candidates for the appointed position, which will begin in summer of 2017. The search is nationwide.

As Chair of the Academic Senate, Professor of Math Cynthia Wyels, Ph.D., also serves as Chair of the Provost Search Committee. Wyels said the committee is searching for someone with vision and dedication for the newest campus in the CSU system.

“We need somebody here who wants to help lead a young and ambitious institution that has accomplished a lot and is poised for yet more,” Wyels said. “Someone who wants to make a difference in the lives of our students and our region, and have our campus serve as a national model.”

Because CI is not quite 15 years old, young by University standards, the campus is not bound by tradition and there is still much history to be written, so Wyels and the committee are looking for someone who understands CI’s population, and how transformative an education can be for students’ lives and families.

The CI student body reflects the population of our region. The current undergraduate student body is 32 percent Hispanic and 54 percent first-generation college students. Over half of the undergraduates are transfers from community colleges and 71 percent of undergraduates are eligible for Pell Grants.

Graduate and credential programs are designed to fit the needs of working adults.

CI just welcomed its largest freshman class ever and those numbers are expected to grow, with a projected student population of more than 10,000 by 2025.

The CI Provost position opened up when former Provost Gayle Hutchinson, Ed.D., was appointed President of California State University, Chico in March of 2016. The new CI Provost will report to President Erika Beck, Ph.D., who assumed office in August 2016.

CI officially launched its nationwide search Sept. 30. The position will remain open until filled but only those who submit an application by Jan. 3, 2017 can be assured full consideration. Applicants should include a comprehensive cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with contact information.

Applications, nominations or expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, in confidence, at:

Interested parties can initiate a confidential discussion with members of Academic Search, Inc., by emailing: or

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About California State University Channel IslandsCSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI's strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master's degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI's Social Media.

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