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California State University San Marcos Appoints New ProvostTitle

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) President Karen Haynes yesterday announced the appointment of Graham Oberem, Ph.D., as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs effective immediately. As the senior ranking academic officer, Oberem will be responsible for leading the four academic colleges (Business Administration; Education, Health and Human Services; Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences; and Science and Mathematics), the Kellogg Library, Information and Instructional Technology, and Extended Learning.Oberem has served the University for 17 years, most recently as the interim provost and vice president of academic affairs. He succeeds Emily Cutrer, Ph.D., who after six years as provost, was named president of Texas A&M University-Texarkana.A search committee that included representatives from CSUSM faculty, students, staff and administrators recommended Oberem following an extensive national search.“Dr. Oberem has a strong record of leadership and experience in strategic planning, resource management, academic programming and operations management,” said President Haynes. “His record of cultivating and sustaining collaborative and consultative working relationships with all campus constituencies will not only elevate Cal State San Marcos to new levels of academic success, but will strengthen our engagement with our region and beyond.”Oberem began at CSUSM in 1996 as the founding physics faculty member, program director and department chair. From 2006 to 2011 he served as the associate dean for Budget and Operations in the former College of Arts and Sciences. From 2011 to 2012 he continued in the associate dean role for the newly formed College of Science and Mathematics. In May 2012, Oberem was appointed as the associate vice president for Planning and Academic Resources until he assumed the interim provost position with the departure of Cutrer in January 2013.Oberem earned a Ph.D. in physics, a master’s of science degree in physics and astronomy, and bachelors of science degrees in physics and chemistry from Rhodes University in South Africa. His research interest is in the use of technology for teaching physics.About California State University San MarcosCalifornia State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.