Leadership Team

Dr. Karyn Scissum Gunn portrait

Karyn Scissum Gunn 
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Office of the Provost
Division of Academic Affairs

Dr. Karyn Scissum Gunn joined California State University, Long Beach as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in July 2021. As the chief academic officer for the institution, the provost provides leadership for all academic matters at the university. The provost oversees the quality of academic processes and works to ensure faculty quality and advancement via her leadership. The provost also works to increase student retention, promote student engagement and active learning, and ensure that students achieve their educational goals. The provost reports to the president and acts on the president’s behalf in her absence. 

Portrait of Dhushy Sathianathan

Dhushy Sathianathan
Vice Provost, Academic Planning

Academic Planning and Resources

Dr. Dhushy Sathianathan provides leadership and resources for the quality of academic programs, academic facilities, institutional research, and enrollment services as well as budgetary allocations in support of academic priorities. He is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a leader in academic affairs with extensive experience organizing and leading institution-wide initiatives in strategic planning, enrollment management, budget & planning, institutional research, and graduation initiatives. He is a leader in student success initiatives and a champion for eliminating institutional barriers. Read more about Vice Provost Sathianathan

Dr. Jody Cormack

Vice Provost of Academic Programs and Dean of Graduate Studies
Academic Programs
Graduate Studies

In her role as Vice Provost, Dr. Cormack is responsible for all matters of academic program planning, educational policy, curriculum review, and institutional/programmatic assessment. She works closely with all academic deans and associate deans, faculty, and the Curriculum and Educational Policy Council (CEPC) of the Academic Senate. In this role, she develops and implements high-quality curriculum and degrees to enrich educational policies for the campus. As Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Cormack oversees Graduate Studies on the campus, and works closely with Graduate Advisors to facilitate academic progress of graduate students. Read more about Dr. Cormack.  

Dr. Patricia Perez - Headshot

Associate Vice President, Faculty Affairs
Faculty Affairs

Since 2021, Dr. Pérez has served as the Associate Dean for Faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Fullerton. She has extensive experience providing training and guidance on implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion practices into retention and promotion standards. Dr. Pérez earned the bachelor’s degree in Chicana/o Studies, and the M.A. and the Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from University of California, Los Angeles. She also earned an Ed.M. from Harvard University. Read Dr. Pérez's full bio

Kerry Johnson

Associate Vice President, Undergraduate Studies
Undergraduate Studies
Academic Advising

Dr. Kerry Johnson is responsible for the oversight of undergraduate programs and academic support, including the University Honors Program, the Center for Community Engagement, tutoring, advising, dual enrollment, and the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement. She works closely with the General Education Governing Committee to review courses and to make any changes to the General Education Program. As Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Johnson also collaborates with faculty and the associate deans to implement appropriate academic support for introductory co-requisite and stretch courses within the GE Program. Read Dr. Johnson's full bio

Simon Kim

Associate Vice President, Research and Economic Development 
Office of Research and Economic Development

Under the leadership of the Dr. Simon Kim, the Office of Research & Economic Development at CSULB serves the University community by creating a campus environment that is conducive to promoting research and other scholarly activities that contribute to the mission of the University. With a primary emphasis on faculty-student research engagement, Dr. Kim provides leadership, information, direction, resources, training and technical assistance to faculty and students engaged in externally funded research, instruction, community service and other scholarly activities. 


Dr. Shariq Ahmed

Associate Vice President, Academic Technology
Academic Technology Services

Under the direction of Dr. Shariq Ahmed, Academic Technology Services leads the CSULB campus in leveraging technology that effectively supports instruction, creates learning environments, and supports campus staff to foster student success. Dr. Ahmed delivers and supports educational technology to the CSULB campus community by using innovative practices and technologies to develop effective and accessible solutions for a continually evolving educational landscape. 

Jeet Joshee

Associate Vice President, International Education and Global Engagement
International Education and Global Engagement 

Under the direction of Dr. Jeet Joshee, the Office of International Education and Global Engagement (IEGE) is responsible for fulfilling the university’s global mission to engage students, scholars, faculty, and staff in various international education activities. His primary task is to assist CSULB students in graduating with the knowledge and cultural competency needed to take global leadership and service roles. Additionally, Dr. Joshee advises the President and Provost on emerging trends in international education, so that the university can align its global mission accordingly to serve the campus community.