Herman Lujan Named Interim Provost

Herman Lujan Named Interim Provost
Herman Lujan

Dr. Herman D. Lujan, who served as provost at Cal State Los Angeles for six years before retiring this past June, has been named by President Michael Ortiz as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. A national search will be conducted to find a permanent replacement. Lujan assumes the duties of Tomas Morales, who was recently named president of City University of New York, College of Staten Island.

“Life takes some strange twists,” said Lujan. “Just when I thought my professional career was over, I get an opportunity to work with Mike Ortiz and a phenomenal group of educators. I am truly energized by this challenge and look forward to working alongside everyone at Cal Poly Pomona.”

For that past 28 years, Lujan has served a variety of top academic administrative positions, most recently as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles (2001-07). He was also the chief academic officer for the Connecticut State University System (1998-2001) and the president of the University of Northern Colorado (1991-96).

“I can't be more pleased with Herm Lujan's decision to join Cal Poly Pomona as the interim provost,” Ortiz said. “His leadership, experience and reputation within the CSU system and across the nation will be a great asset for us during this transition year.”

Lujan began his executive-level academic career at the University of Washington in 1978, where he served as vice president for Minority Affairs until 1988 and vice provost for Academic Affairs from 1988-1991. During his tenure at the University of Washington he participated in a major capital campaign that raised more than $285 million.

Throughout his career Lujan has been instrumental in starting diversity programs, such as the Office of Minority Affairs at University of Northern Colorado, and he signed the first nationwide exchange agreement with Taiwanese teaching colleges.

He has also been a leader in distance learning, having helped start OnlineCSU, which is a for-credit and degree-related program taught by faculty in the Connecticut State University System.

Lujan earned his bachelor's degree at St. Mary's College of California in political science and labor relations; his master's degree in political science at UC Berkeley; and his Ph.D. at University of Idaho in political science. St. Mary's has also awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

An active scholar, Lujan is well-published and has taught graduate and undergraduate level courses throughout his career.

He is expected to begin work at Cal Poly Pomona on August 15, 2007.