California State University Maritime Academy — Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) 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. 

The University

Located on a scenic waterfront campus in Vallejo, California, 30 miles northeast of San Francisco, Cal Maritime is a unique and specialized campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.  Currently serving approximately 1,000 undergraduate students, Cal Maritime is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States — and the only one on the West Coast.  Bachelor’s degree offerings include Business Administration with emphases in International Business and Logistics; Facilities Engineering Technology; Global Studies and Maritime Affairs; Marine Engineering Technology; Marine Transportation; Mechanical Engineering; and Oceanography (starting Fall 2020).  At the master’s level, a degree in Transportation and Engineering Management is offered which currently enrolls 31 students.  In addition, several extended learning programs and courses are offered.  

Cal Maritime works closely with industry, government, and the community to deliver valuable resources in continuing education and training, research and scholarship, and career readiness and job placement services. These relationships contribute, in large part, to Cal Maritime’s distinctive job placement rate: 94% of its graduates are placed into career positions by or within 4 months of graduation.

In 2018, Cal Maritime’s Division of Academic Affairs underwent a major reorganization that resulted from a multi-year planning process.  The Division now consists of three schools, each with its own school dean and faculty, in addition to the Library with its own dean and faculty.  The new schools are: School of Letters and Sciences; School of Engineering; and School of Maritime Transportation, Logistics and Management.  Each school is embarking on exciting new planning that includes development of new majors, revisions of current majors, and enhanced support for faculty mentorship, scholarship and professional development.  

Since 2012, President Cropper has engaged the faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, community, as well as industry partners and leaders in developing detailed master plans that address new and emerging paradigms for the cadets and future graduates of Cal Maritime.  In addition, a representative cross-campus committee is currently developing the second of three 5-year strategic plans as part of Cal Maritime’s 15-year overall strategic planning effort.

Position Summary
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (the Provost) is the chief academic officer and is responsible for promoting a rich intellectual and professional life, fostering cadet success, creating an active learning environment both in the classroom and beyond, developing new academic degree programs, and enhancing teaching, academic research, scholarship, and service at Cal Maritime. This leader coordinates and sustains collaborative leadership in accomplishing the mission of Cal Maritime and the California State University System.  The Provost reports directly to the President and is a member of the President’s Cabinet.  Designated as the senior Vice President of the Cabinet, the Provost represents the campus in the President’s absence. 

The Provost is charged with promoting a collegial, inclusive atmosphere and articulating the needs and aspirations of all disciplines to the President and the Cal Maritime community.  The role requires the Provost to perform increasingly cross-functional and institution-wide duties to accomplish the strategic goals of the campus.  The Provost plays a key role in articulating Cal Maritime’s message to all constituencies and in advancing the institution. The Provost is responsible for working closely with the President, the deans, the faculty and the campus community in fostering a vision and plan for future academic programs.

Cal Maritime aspires to grow its enrollment to 2,200 by 2029.  The Provost will play a substantial role in this effort through the development and implementation of key enrollment strategies.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution
  • Academic credentials that would warrant appointment as full professor at Cal Maritime
  • Senior administrative leadership experience as dean, senior director, associate vice president or higher of a substantial program 
  • Experience in institution-wide strategic planning, including strategic enrollment management
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing new, successful programs 
  • Experience leading and managing change in, and growth of, an organization 
  • Experience with regional accreditation
  • Track record of data-driven decision making 
  • Experience managing budgets and personnel matters including retention, tenure, and promotion evaluations 
  • Track record of supporting curricular and co-curricular initiatives 
  • Evidence of supporting and increasing diversity (broadly defined) at the student and faculty levels
  • Evidence of supporting the tenets of a shared governance culture 
  • Extensive experience in managing and supporting research and scholarship
  • Experience and interest in mentoring faculty and staff 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Evidence of effective collaboration across organizational lines with other divisions and units such as student affairs, university advancement, and finance and administration

Preferred Qualifications

  • Industry-oriented experience in a maritime-related field
  • Experience garnering and leveraging resources in support of academic programs
  • Experience with professional accreditation (ABET a plus) 
  • Experience in a public university system 
  • Experience working with a unionized workforce

The complete position announcement is available through the following link:  

Application Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. For optimal consideration, applications should be submitted by March 13, 2020. Applicants must submit a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Emy Peña, Partner
Refer to code “Cal Maritime Provost” in the subject line
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA  90601

Cal Maritime is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.