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Interim President Donald J. Para

Interim President Don Para with students in a residence hall room.

Interim President Don Para, left, helps students settle in during the annual student housing Move-In Day.

Donald J. Para, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Cal State Long Beach, became the university’s interim president effective July 1, appointed by CSU Chancellor Timothy White.

During his 25 years at CSULB, Para has served in several leadership positions including interim provost, associate dean and dean of the College of the Arts.

“I am honored to serve as the interim president for Cal State Long Beach, and I look forward to providing continuity in leadership during this time of transition,” Para said. “In this capacity, I look forward to pursuing the university-wide priorities that have been established by our students, faculty and staff and championed by outgoing President F. King Alexander.

“Cal State Long Beach has been my campus home for nearly 25 years. During this time, I’ve seen first-hand how it has grown to be one of the nation’s premier public universities,” Para continued. “Our faculty and staff take seriously the CSU’s mission to serve those who live, work and raise children in nearby communities. We are equally proud that this campus is the university of choice for thousands of prospective college students who live throughout California and the country.”

As president, Para promotes excellence in all aspects of Cal State Long Beach’s mission as a teaching-intensive, research-driven and diverse university that emphasizes student engagement, scholarly and creative achievement, civic participation and global perspectives, whose graduates leave the campus with highly valued degrees.

Before coming to CSULB, Para chaired Cal State L.A.’s Department of Music. He was previously a faculty member teaching music theory, musicianship and composition at his alma mater, Western Michigan, where he earned a B.M. in music education and an M.M. in music composition. He earned a Ph.D. in music composition from Michigan State University.