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Gould Selected as Provost, VP

Karen Gould has accepted the position of provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at CSULB, President F. King Alexander announced in early November. Gould is currently dean of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati.

“In Karen Gould we believe we have found an educator who has demonstrated throughout her career a commitment to student excellence and achievement,” said Alexander. “She is highly accomplished in her own right, but the work she has done to ensure that students within her college and university have the ability to pursue challenging coursework, conduct research alongside their professors, graduate in a timely manner and move into rewarding careers is truly impressive.”

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining the CSULB community and President Alexander’s administrative team,” Gould said. “This is an exciting time for the university, with much to be proud of and great things ahead. I look forward to working very hard on behalf of student, faculty and staff success.” Gould will assume her new duties full-time sometime in the spring.

Gould has served as dean of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Cincinnati since 2001. There she oversees 21 academic departments, five interdisciplinary centers, and 38 undergraduate, 39 graduate and 15 doctoral degree programs.

During her tenure as dean, the college has raised more than $35 million in external grants and contract funding and over $20 million in philanthropic donations. Among college accomplishments achieved while Gould has been dean have been increases in admission standards as well as applications to the college and student retention rates; development of a first-year experience program to assist freshmen; creation of a center to support faculty and student research in the humanities and social sciences; development of new laboratories, institutes and degree programs; and expansion of community partnerships.

Karen Gould portrait

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 and served as the graduate coordinator of the French Program, director of the Women’s Studies Program and acting director of the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society.

Prior faculty appointments were 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.

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