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CSULB Appoints New Associate VP for Undergraduate Studies

Portrait of Lynn MahoneyLynn Mahoney has been named associate vice president for undergraduate studies at CSULB. She will begin her new position on Aug. 1.

Currently the associate provost for integrative learning and vice president for student affairs at Purchase College, State University of New York, Mahoney oversees the first-year program for incoming freshmen, transfer student success, academic advising and service learning – all of which will also fall under her leadership at CSULB. In the newly created position at Long Beach, Mahoney will guide the university’s efforts to enhance the general education program and will work closely with college deans to plan and develop new undergraduate programs. 

“During her campus visit, Dr. Mahoney impressed faculty, staff and administrators with her strong commitment to undergraduate education, excellent background and leadership in student advising and student success initiatives, and her informed experience with general education curricular development,”  said Provost and Senior Vice President Karen L. Gould. “I am confident that Dr. Mahoney will bring expertise, insight and collaborative leadership to this important position.”

Mahoney has been at Purchase College for more than 10 years, serving in a number of positions including academic advisor and associate professor of history specializing in U.S. history, women’s history and feminism, and the history of race and ethnicity. From 2000-03, she served as coordinator of liberal studies, in which she directed enrollment services for prospective students and created and implemented the general education program and curriculum. In 2003, Mahoney began serving as director of the advising center, where she created and maintained student-centered advising systems and coordinated the training of faculty advisors, the peer advising program, and summer advising and registration.  She has continued in that role even after being named associate provost and vice president for student affairs in 2005.  

“Part of what attracted me to Cal State Long Beach is the incredible dedication of the faculty and staff. I am looking forward to joining the faculty, staff and administration and having the opportunity to work with Provost Karen Gould and President King Alexander who are incredible administrators,” Mahoney said. “The university strikes me as a very collegial, dynamic and exciting place to work right now.”

Mahoney has been a leader at Purchase, serving on a number of committees including the college’s general education task force, the transfer student success committee, the provost’s task force on educational initiatives and the academic programs task force. She has been recognized for her dedication to the college, earning the Student Government Association Award for Outstanding Service to the Community in 2006, the Guiding Light Award in 2004 and the Student Government Association Award for Outstanding Faculty Services to the Community in 2003. 

A strong advocate for accountability, Mahoney served as a member of the Voluntary System of Accountability Technical Work Group in 2007, part of a national effort to provide data on student learning, student engagement, and enrollment and graduation. She has produced many papers and delivered countless presentations on topics ranging from integrating the services of academic affairs and student affairs to enhance student success to the history of race.

Mahoney holds a doctorate in history from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Stanford University.