California State University, Bakersfield — Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

California State University, Bakersfield (CSU Bakersfield) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications from visionary and inspiring leaders interested in serving as the University’s next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost/VPAA). CSU Bakersfield is proud to be a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and seeks applicants who are dedicated to equity and serving the University’s growing diverse student population.

The University
Founded in 1965, California State University, Bakersfield is a regional, comprehensive university serving the San Joaquin Valley of California. The University’s service area covers nearly 25,000 square miles and is home to a socially, economically, and ethnically diverse population. CSU Bakersfield is the only four-year granting degree institution within a 100-mile radius and, as a result, plays a vital role in the educational obtainment, economic development, and quality of life of its community.

The University serves more than 11,000 students on its main campus in Bakersfield and its Antelope Valley campus and counts over 50,000 alumni from its four schools: Arts and Humanities; Business and Public Administration; Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering; and Social Sciences and Education. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and credential programs, and a doctoral program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.). CSU Bakersfield’s Extended University serves the community by offering additional professional development, certificate, and degree programs.

The impact of CSU Bakersfield’s students, faculty, staff, research, centers, institutions and community activities resonates throughout the region. The University continues to shape the future of Kern County and each year CSU Bakersfield contributes thousands of new alumni to the community’s educated and skilled workforce. With over 70 percent of its alumni remaining and working within the Central Valley, the University is a significant contributor to the area’s ongoing social, cultural and economic development. For more information about CSU Bakersfield, please visit

CSU Bakersfield places student success and academic excellence at the center of all the University does and recently launched a five-year Strategic Plan (2019-2024) with the following key goals: 

  1. Strengthen and Inspire Student Success and Lifelong Learning.
  2. Advance Faculty and Staff Success.
  3. Develop and Sustain High-Quality and Innovative Academic Programs and Support Services.
  4. Recognize and Address Regional Needs in Collaboration with Our Community.
  5. Diversify, Enhance, and Responsibly Steward Our Campus Resources.

To learn more about CSU Bakersfield’s core values and the Strategic Plan, please visit: 

Position Summary
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs reports directly to the President and acts on behalf of the President in her absence. The Provost/VPAA is specifically charged to implement the University’s academic mission and goals and achieve institutional priorities such as extending the excellence and diversity of faculty and academic programs; faculty retention, promotion, and tenure; establishment of new programs; development and support of faculty scholarship and teaching; expanded use of technology to enhance student learning, development and assessment of program goals and objectives; enrollment management; and reaching out to underserved populations. 

As the University’s chief academic officer, the Provost/VPAA will oversee all operations related to instructional programs, educational policy, academic planning, academic resources and faculty personnel actions. The Provost/VPAA is responsible for ensuring the continued accreditation of the University’s programs. The successful applicant will have significant senior level academic and administrative leadership experience, strong academic credentials in teaching, scholarship, and service. In addition, he/she will possess the ability to effectively foster collaborative relationships.

Required Qualifications
CSU Bakersfield’s next Provost/VPAA will be an accomplished academic administrator who is passionate about CSU Bakersfield’s mission, vision, and the success of its students. Furthermore, the Provost/VPAA must also be an individual capable of engaging community stakeholders in partnership toward fulfilling the academic mission of the University. In addition, leading candidates will possess:

  • An earned Ph.D. in an academic discipline from an accredited institution;
  • A record of success as an accomplished administrator with progressively responsible academic administration positions in higher education;
  • A scholarly record that demonstrates eligibility for a tenured, full professor faculty appointment at CSU Bakersfield;
  • A record of commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity (e.g., recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff);
  • A clear understanding and commitment to shared governance values and processes;
  • Successful leadership and management experiences, including strategic planning, financial management, and management of staff;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with senior administrators, deans, department chairs, faculty, and staff to achieve common goals. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • A demonstrated record of commitment to supporting faculty research, grant proposals, professional development, and excellence in university teaching; A history of innovation in developing and supporting academic programs that support student success goals;
  • Demonstrated ability to support the use of effective information technology for pedagogical, administrative, and student support needs;
  • Experience in a public higher education institution and multi-campus system;
  • Experience working successfully in a collective bargaining environment.

Application Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position, and contact information for at least five references. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Emy Peña, Partner
Refer to code “CSUB-VPAA” in the subject line

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601

California State University, Bakersfield is an equal opportunity employer.

BACKGROUND CHECK:  Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SENSITIVE POSITION:  Sensitive positions are designated by the CSU as requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position, based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of the people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to the CSU or individuals in the university community. 

DESIGNATED POSITION:  This position is currently on the List of Conflict of Interest Designated Positions for CSU Bakersfield.  This requires the filing of a statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every two years thereafter.

MANDATED REPORTER:  The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.