Michael Mahoney, dean for the College of Engineering at CSULB, was named the new provost and vice president of academic affairs for Cal State East Bay.
Scheduled to begin his new post March 1, Mahoney will be leaving the CSULB campus after more than 25 years of service, 14 as a faculty member and more than 11 as an administrator.
“After being selected provost for CSU East Bay, several thoughts went through my mind including, ‘I don’t want to leave CSULB!’ Mahoney said. “On the other hand, an exciting thought was the great challenge facing me as provost of a good university with many challenges, but one that is definitely on the upswing. I also thought a lot about the great people that I met at East Bay and how I would enjoy working with them for a great cause.
“My experiences as a department chair, academic vice chair, associate vice president for Academic Information Technology and dean at CSULB will definitely help me as I hope to help solve some of the same problems that CSULB has encountered and some that it has solved,” he added. “In particular, my experiences with student and faculty recruitment, supporting student organizations, shared governance, alumni and local industry will help the most. I will be able to understand what the deans at CSU East Bay deal with on a daily basis.”
Mahoney first joined the CSU system as a lecturer in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Cal State Long Beach in 1980. He received his appointment as an assistant professor in 1982, an associate professor in 1987 and full professor in 1992. He was named an associate dean for the CSULB College of Engineering in 1994 and served in that role until he was named dean in 2000.
Patricia Guthrie, director of the CSUEB Women Studies program and chair of the provost search committee, said committee members were impressed that in his current position as a college dean Mahoney holds office hours for faculty and students.
“He struck us as somebody who is accessible,” she said. “He demonstrated an appreciation for faculty work, and he has a history of recognizing the role of faculty.” His experience with the CSU system and fundraising were other strengths the eight-person search committee noted, Guthrie said.
Mahoney earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics from University of California at Santa Barbara, and he taught there as a lecturer before joining Cal State Long Beach.
“I am really going to miss CSULB, especially the students, faculty and staff whom I’ve worked with,” Mahoney explained. “So many people have helped to make this campus one of the top three public master’s comprehensive universities in the west and it’s been wonderful to be a part of it. Fortunately, President Alexander and incoming Provost Gould are such strong academically oriented leaders that CSULB will only increase its reputation as an outstanding university.
“Still, I’m delighted to stay within the CSU system. I believe it is the greatest education system in the entire world,” he continued. “I got a warm, positive feeling from all of the students, faculty and staff I met during my visit (to Cal State East Bay). I look forward to getting started.”