CSUB names academic affairs administrators

June 10, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
Academic Affairs Admins Photo

California State University, Bakersfield announces the appointment of two key positions in the division of Academic Affairs.

Mustafah Dhada has been named associate vice president for academic programs, effective June 15.

Dhada brings more than 20 years of faculty and higher education administrative experience both in the United States and internationally. He has served as a program coordinator, strategic planner, vice provost and, most recently, as dean of extended education at CSU Los Angeles.

Fluent in several languages, in 1994, he was a Fulbright Scholar and a founding university trustee in Mozambique, Africa.

He holds a bachelor's in international relations from the University of Sussex, England and a doctorate in history from the University of Oxford, England.

The associate vice president for academic programs coordinates development and evaluation of academic initiatives and programs, implements effective review of academic policies and procedures related to curriculum, course scheduling and assessment of academic programs.

Beth Rienzi assumes the permanent position of associate vice president for faculty affairs on July 1; she has been the interim vice president since 2006.

Prior to her appointment, Rienzi was a CSUB psychology professor and the associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science. She previously served as the mentor program coordinator, assessment director and the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center co-director.

Rienzi received her bachelor's degree in psychology and master's in behavioral science from CSUB and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

The associate vice president for faculty affairs has primary responsibility for planning, coordinating, and implementing academic-related personnel matters. Rienzi's responsibilities include advising the president and provost on administering faculty affairs, informally mediating disputes and conflicts, supervising emergency management operations for academic affairs and facilitating faculty development and support.