Office of the President

President's Cabinet

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Katherine Kantardjieff is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). As Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Kantardjieff provides central and academic leadership with primary responsibility to plan, develop, and administer all aspects of the university’s programs, activities, personnel, and budget in the support of students and student learning.

VP for Administration and Finance

Dr. Glen R. Nelson is the Vice President for Administration and Finance/CFO at CSUMB. With over 25 years of administrative finance experience in higher education, he has achieved numerous successes. In his current role, Dr. Nelson oversees the campus budget, finance, business support services, and administrative service management.

Interim VP for Student Affairs

Dr. Fraire joins CSUMB after a distinguished career in senior student affairs positions in several universities, including Portland State University and Washington State University. He has had extensive experience in all aspects of student services as well as enrollment management, including with Hispanic-serving institutions. He received his BA and MEd from Harvard University and his PhD from Union Institute and University in Ohio.

VP for University Advancement

As the Vice President for University Advancement, Barbara Zappas oversees the university’s fundraising, marketing, and communication efforts as well as the Foundation of CSU Monterey Bay. She has previously served as the Assistant Vice President for University Advancement.

VP for Strategic Initiatives and Executive Director, University Corporation

Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Samuels is the VP for Strategic Initiatives and Executive Director for the University Corporation. With a distinguished background in high technology and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Higher Education from Stanford University, Larry has served at CSUMB since June of 2016, initially as Senior Advisor to the President and subsequently, as Chief of Staff. 

AVP for Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Brian Corpening’s career in higher education began more than 30 years ago. He became the first person in his family to graduate from college, and then was hired as an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) counselor at Morrisville State College in New York. Before coming to CSUMB last summer, he had served as assistant provost for diversity & community partnerships at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center since 2006.

AVP for University Personnel

Natalie King is the Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for University Personnel. In her role, she leads the human resources and academic personnel functions for the university. She is a member of the President’s Cabinet and Extended Cabinet. She is also a member of the Provost’s Executive Academic Leadership Council and the Academic Senate’s Faculty Affairs Committee.

Chief Information Officer

Dr. George W. “Chip” Lenno serves as a member of the President's Cabinet and participates in numerous campus-wide and community committees, such as the Executive Academic Leadership Team, the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects, and the Campus Security Committee.