Dr. Donald J. Para
Prior to his 2013 appointment as the interim president of California State University, Long Beach, Dr. Donald J. Para served as the university's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
During his 26 years at CSULB, Para has served in several leadership positions including interim provost, associate dean and dean of the College of the Arts. In his role as the chief academic officer of CSULB, he provided academic leadership for the university and promoted excellence in all aspects of the university's academic mission, including undergraduate and graduate education, research and creative activity, international education, service learning, community engagement, service to the profession and faculty and staff development.
Prior to his appointments at CSULB, Para served as chair of the Department of Music at Cal State L.A. He was previously a member of the faculty with teaching areas including music theory, musicianship and composition at his alma mater, Western Michigan where he earned a B.M. in Music Education and a M.M. in Music Composition. He earned a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Michigan State University.