Brian Jersky, dean of Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Science, has been tapped to be the next provost of Cal State Long Beach.
In his new role, which he will begin in June 2016, Jersky will serve as the top academic officer for the university, setting campus-wide educational goals and overseeing deans and faculty there.
“Dr. Brian Jersky has impeccable academic credentials and a deep commitment to student success. I am excited he will be our next provost,” said CSULB President Jane Close Conoley in a prepared statement.
Jersky, whose educational background focused on statistics, arrived at Cal Poly Pomona as science dean in 2012. Prior to that, he held the same position at Saint Mary’s College of California and had teaching roles at Sonoma State University, and Macquarie University in Sydney. He received two bachelor’s degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Cornell.
His tenure at Cal Poly Pomona has been marked by increased collaboration between the College of Science and the campus’s other colleges. He’s played an instrumental role in helping the campus plan for its switch to semesters in 2018 by serving on the Steering Committee for Semester Conversion. In the past four years, the College of Science has seen increased enrollment, and has hired more tenure-track faculty. Jersky has excelled as a fundraiser for the college, which has resulted in greater educational and research opportunities for students and faculty.
“Dr. Jersky has been an energizing leader and a force for innovation in the College of Science and for this campus,” says Cal Poly Pomona Provost Sylvia Alva. “We’re sad to lose him, but happy to know he’ll continue bringing positive change to the CSU.”
At Cal State Long Beach, Jersky is replacing interim Provost David Dowell, who has been with that campus since 1977.
“Long Beach State’s commitment to a diverse, student-centered, globally engaged university, resonates profoundly with my own vision to ensure that students achieve their educational goals,” Jersky says. “On the other hand, I am very saddened to leave a campus I have come to love and the company of the best faculty and staff a dean could work with.”