JUNE 5, 2001

CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu



Interim appointments announced

Four veteran administrators at California State University, Bakersfield have been appointed to interim positions for the coming academic year.

CSUB President Tomas Arciniega announced the appointments this week. The appointments are:

James George, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies, appointed interim provost/vice president for academic affairs. George came to CSUB in 1970 as one of the university's founding faculty, and has been in his present position since 1983. George replaces retiring provost Robert Catlin.

Mark Evans, economics professor, reappointed interim dean of the CSUB Extended University. Evans was appointed to the position for the 2000-01 academic year replacing David Ost, who retired. Evans has been at CSUB since 1978.

Janice Chavez, education professor, appointed interim dean of Office of Graduate Studies and Research. Chavez came to CSUB in 1999 from CSU Fresno, where she served 10 years. At Fresno, she was involved in several graduate program initiatives. Since coming to CSUB she has been involved in research projects and taught graduate classes in CSUB's School of Education.

Thomas Meyer, physics and computer science professor, appointed interim dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering. Meyer came to CSUB in 1988 and has served as chairman of the computer science department the past two years. He replaces Marla Iyasere, who was appointed dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Meyer has been instrumental in developing CSUB's planned engineering program.

The four will serve in their new positions during the 2001-02 academic year while a search is conducted to fill the positions on a permanent basis. All four are also eligible to apply for the permanent appointment.

"I am delighted Dr. George, Dr. Evans, Dr. Chavez and Dr. Meyer have accepted these appointments," Arciniega said. "They are all extremely capable, and we are fortunate to have people of their caliber here on campus. My heartiest congratulations to them, and I look forward to working with them in the coming year."


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