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Ephraim P. Smith Appointed Executive Vice Chancellor
and Chief Academic Officer for CSU

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(June 4, 2010) -- Dr. Ephraim P. Smith, vice president for Academic Affairs at California State University, Fullerton, has been appointed as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer for the CSU system.

Smith has served in his current capacity at the Fullerton campus since 1998, where he is responsible for managing more than 3,000 faculty and 300 staff members, as well as eight colleges, contracts and grants, institutional research, outreach, admissions, and international partnerships.

From 1990 to 1998, Smith was dean of CSUF's School of Business and Economics where he administered a complete array of graduate and undergraduate programs with a student enrollment of more than 6,500. While serving in this role, he was responsible for establishing a number of business centers and partnerships, as well as an accelerated MBA program.

Prior to coming to Cal State Fullerton, Smith was dean of the James J. Nance College of Business Administration at Cleveland State University from 1975 to 1990. He was responsible for the development of graduate programs, including a doctoral program, as well as administering seven graduate and a full spectrum of undergraduate programs.

Smith was also a faculty member and chair of the Department of Accounting at the University of Rhode Island, as well as dean of the School of Business at Shippensburg State College.

Smith earned a B.S. in accounting from Providence College, an M.S. in accounting from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Illinois.

Smith will begin his new duties July 1, following the retirement of Dr. Jeronima Echeverria.

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