Monterey County

CSUMB Appoints California-Native as New Provost

MARINA, Calif. - CSU Monterey Bay has named a new provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Bonnie Irwin was appointed following a national search. She was previously the dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and professor of English at Eastern Illinois University.

"Both the search committee and the campus community were impressed by Dr. Irwin's experience, vision and leadership qualities," said CSUMB president Eduardo Ochoa.

"We were pleased by the strong field of candidates that responded to the job announcement, but, even in that group, Dr. Irwin's credentials set her apart. All of us here at Cal State Monterey Bay look forward to working with her as we continue to advance the academic excellence of our campus."

As vice president for academic affairs, Irwin will oversee all academic colleges and programs, and she will work with the other members of the university's senior leadership team and the president to improve university-wide effectiveness and success. Irwin will also act as president in the absence of the president.

Dr. Irwin started her teaching career as a graduate student instructor at the University of California at Berkeley, and has been on the faculty at Eastern Illinois since 1994.

A former resident of California, she earned her bachelor's, master's and doctorate in comparative literature from UC Berkeley.

Irwin will assume her duties on July 7.

She succeeds Dr. Julio Blanco who has filled the position on an interim basis since May.

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