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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: May 25, 2000



New Academic Provost Named at CSUS

Donald R. Gerth, president of California State University, Sacramento today announced the appointment of Bernice Bass de Martinez of Terra Haute, Ind. as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. The provost is the senior academic administrator in the University. Her appointment is effective this summer.

A national search has been underway for a replacement since the current provost, Jolene Koester, was tapped as the president of CSU Northridge.

The new CSUS provost has been the senior associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, since 1996. She was also the associate provost and director of graduate studies at Mills College in Oakland, California, from 1993 to 1996, and before that served as dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

Bass de Martinez earned her doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction with emphases in bilingual multicultural education, reading and language arts, and teacher training from the University of Florida. She has a master's degree in elementary education with emphases in reading and bilingual education from the University of Northern Colorado and a bachelor's degree in Spanish and chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado.

She has extensive background as an educational specialist both in the United States and abroad. She has been a liaison to the Indiana Commission on Higher Education on curricular issues and has been very active as the coordinator of the Indiana ACE National Network of Women Leaders. She also serves on the Board of Leadership America. She has more than 15 years of accreditation experience.

Her area of scholarship centers the policy aspects of teacher preparation. Along with the provost position she simultaneously accepted an appointment as a professor in the department of teacher education at CSUS.

President Gerth said, "I was so pleased that our nationwide search resulted in such an exceptionally strong pool of candidates. Out of that outstanding group we selected Dr. Bass de Martinez. She brings to this role as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs an understanding of higher education developed through multiple leadership roles as professor, teacher education coordinator, department chair, dean of a college of education, dean of graduate studies, and a senior associate vice president.

"In the course of the last several weeks, members of the selection committee and others of us have come to know Dr. Bass de Martinez. We look forward to working with her."

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