Officials at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) have announced the appointment of David Dowell as the university’s interim provost. Dowell, currently vice provost of planning and budgets and director of strategic planning, will begin his new role July 1.
As the chief academic officer of the institution, Dowell will provide academic leadership for the campus and promote excellence in all aspects of the university’s academic mission, including undergraduate and graduate education, research and creative activity, international education, community engagement, service to the profession, and faculty and academic staff development.
A member of the CSULB campus for 35 years, Dowell has held a variety of positions including acting dean and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a faculty member in the Psychology Department.
“Dr. Dowell is a collaborative and highly effective leader whose experience, intelligence and proven ability to get things done will serve our campus very well,” said CSULB Provost Donald J. Para, who made the announcement and who will begin serving as the interim president of the university July 1. “I have every confidence he will bring the same level of accomplishment to this new role.”
As vice provost for the past 11 years, Dowell has led the Division of Academic Affairs through several years of difficult state reductions. He led enrollment planning through those difficult budget years and actually improved class availability during that time. He also guided efforts to completely revamp CSULB admissions processes, creating a model now being emulated by other campuses. Additionally, he led divisional facilities planning now leading to a complete remodel of the Liberal Arts Buildings—2 through 4 complex.
“Perhaps most significantly, he has been champion for student success, leading the campus to the highest retention and graduation rates in campus history, while reducing achievement gaps,” Para pointed out.
In his second role as director of strategic planning, he has reported directly to two presidents on matters related to admissions, enrollment management, campus environment, and strategic priorities and goals.
Working in collaboration with the university’s senior leadership and academic councils, Dowell will oversee the quality of academic programs, faculty instruction and student learning, academic outreach and community partnerships, strategic planning and budgetary allocations in support of academic priorities. He also will work to increase student retention, promote student engagement and active learning, and ensure that students achieve their educational goals.
“I am honored to have another opportunity to serve this great university and work with our outstanding faculty and staff,” Dowell said. “I am proud of the highly valued degrees we award and committed to the success of all of our students.”
Dowell has authored or co-authored more than 130 scholarly publications, book chapters, presentations and technical reports. He has conducted international scholarly work and been an invited speaker in several other nations. As a faculty member, he specialized in applied social research and program evaluation. More recently he has published and lectured on student success, strategic planning, and enrollment planning in higher education, including international dimensions.