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California State University Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Ephraim P. Smith Announces Retirement

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California State University Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Ephraim P. Smith has announced that he will retire from his position at the end of 2014. Smith was appointed to his current role at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in 2010 after serving in various capacities at California State University, Fullerton since 1990.

“Dr. Smith’s leadership and vision have kept the CSU at the forefront of meeting the evolving demands on public higher education institutions in our state,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “Ephraim has had an integral role in many of the student achievement and success initiatives that benefit our current and future students. The CSU greatly appreciates his dedication and nearly 25 years of service to the university.”

During Smith’s tenure at the Chancellor’s Office, the CSU has undertaken several initiatives aimed at improving student access, success and completion including the Associate Degree for Transfer in conjunction with the California Community Colleges, Early Start, a system-wide program to bolster the preparation of students in English and math prior to their freshman year and the Graduation Initiative as well as increasing the number of online courses throughout the system and launching CourseMatch, the CSU’s first online concurrent enrollment program.

From 1998 through 2010, Smith served as the vice president for academic affairs for CSUF where he was 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. While serving in this role, he was responsible for establishing a number of business centers and partnerships.

The CSU will conduct a search for Smith’s successor.


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