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Carl Kemnitz Named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs CSU San Marcos

Dr. Carl Kemnitz, our Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, will be the next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at CSU San Marcos. I am very excited for Carl, who, I know, will be an outstanding provost. At the same time, I want to recognize that Carl is a critical member of our academic community who will be sorely missed on a day-to-day basis. He is smart, thoughtful, patient, funny, and creative. He can also be humble – taking up tasks that very few people know he might do. Indeed, if you ask Carl, he would say 80% of his job is “duties as assigned.” Those responsibilities are so important in making this campus function.

Carl has also offered stability in a time of unbelievable change – three provosts in three years, after all! He has brought both continuity to the Office of the Provost and incredibly thoughtful counsel and historical knowledge to his position. He has also creatively engaged how we might evolve toward the future. I know I will miss engaging Carl very much. He and I chat just about every day, finding time in between meetings to “do the business” of the campus. His door has always been open to me – even in this time of COVID-19 – and I always enjoy our spontaneous discussions about how to tackle a problem or invest in our campus’ greater success. Most importantly, I think Carl and I have enjoyed quite a few laughs, even in this time of absolute craziness. He is as nice and kind as he appears, even when he knows he has to make challenging decisions that are sometimes not always the most popular. Again, he has all the makings of a great provost!

For those who don’t know, Carl began at SJSU as Deputy Provost in July 2015 and was promoted to Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs in January 2019. As second in command within the division, he has broad authority including direct responsibility for academic budgets, for recruitment, retention, and development of faculty, and department chairs. He advises and represents the provost to advance the academic mission of the university. He represents academic affairs throughout the university with frequent cross-divisional collaborations for other matters such as research development, enrollment and student success planning, information technology, university personnel, facilities improvements, and budget planning.

Since joining San José State in 2015, he has worked collaboratively to help establish the interdivisional “Four Pillars of Student Success” plan and the RSCA Assigned Time Program. He has overseen associate vice presidents for student success, faculty affairs, graduate and undergraduate programs, academic planning and budgets, information technology, and research. He helped to transition IT and Research into stand-alone divisions. And, as I said above, he has always been ready for the next “duty as assigned.”

I will be consulting various constituents as we think about how to organize the Office of the Provost in Carl’s absence. In the meantime, Carl will be “on” campus through the spring term. He will begin his appointment as Provost and Vice President at CSUSM in July. I know it might be a bit cliché, but I believe it rings true in this case “CSUSM’s gain is truly our loss.” I also know we are better for the years of commitment that Carl gave to this campus. So, please join me in congratulating Carl and wishing him the best on his next professional journey. We will, of course, find some time (and way) to officially celebrate Carl’s contributions to the campus. I look forward to teaming up with him at system-wide provost meetings for years to come!

- Vin 

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