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President Alexander with Provost Karen Gould

President F. King Alexander meets with Karen Gould during her first week on campus as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Gould Named Provost

President F. King Alexander appointed Karen Gould as CSULB’s new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs in November, replacing Gary Reichard, who became executive vice chancellor of the California State University System. The provost is the university’s second highest executive.

Gould was dean of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, since 2001. There, she oversaw 21 academic departments and during her tenure, the college experienced substantial increases in enrollment, grants and donations.

Previously, Gould served as dean of the College of Arts and Letters and professor of French and women’s studies at Old Dominion University; and associate dean of academic affairs of The Graduate College at Bowling Green State University, where she also taught French and women’s studies.

She has been a faculty member at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University of Blacksburg, Va., and Bucknell University of Lewisburg, Pa. Additionally, Gould was a Fulbright Research Fellow at the University of Montreal, Quebec, and a visiting scholar in French and women’s studies at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in romance languages from the University of Oregon.