Campus: CSU Long Beach -- April 12, 2002

New Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Long Beach Chosen From Campus

Today Gary Reichard was appointed to the position of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Long Beach, according to President Robert C. Maxson.

Reichard, who joined CSULB in 1994 as associate vice president for academic affairs overseeing the areas of academic personnel, planning and assessment, will succeed Karl Anatol, who will retire in June.

"After a lengthy nationwide search, it was clear that our best candidate is already here," Maxson said of the appointment. "Gary Reichard will come into this position with a breadth of experience combined with a true concern for the academic future of this university, a sensitivity toward the needs of faculty and an honest affection for our students. We could not have done better."

"It's especially exciting for me to come into this position at such a moment in the life of this university," Reichard said. "We've made such a lot of progress over the past few years here and we have achieved genuine academic excellence. Even in tough budget times we will need to be vigilant that this excellence is sustained."

Pointing to the large number of new faculty joining CSULB, Reichard said, "We are literally reinventing our university and I want to make sure that we don't lose the special culture here as we enter the 21st century. We must ensure that our core values remain strongly in place."
Of his service at CSULB Reichard said, "The most important learning I've done to prepare for this job has been here."

A resident of West Hollywood, Reichard came to Long Beach after serving as dean for undergraduate studies at Florida Atlantic University, where he also had been a professor, chair of the history department and acting associate dean of The Schmidt College. Previously he had been associate vice chancellor, academic affairs, for the University of Maryland system. He directed the honors program at the University of Delaware for five years and was chair of the history department at Ohio State University.

Throughout his academic career Reichard has taught history, beginning as an instructor at the College of Wooster, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He received his master's degree at Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Reichard will assume his new duties on July 1.

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