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.

Acting VP for Administration and Finance

Steve Mackey is the Associate Vice President for Finance at CSUMB. With over 20 years in higher education, Steve has held positions in departments, colleges and schools, central administration, and academic affairs, with responsibilities ranging from finance, human resources, operations, policy, and compliance, to healthcare revenue cycle.

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

Lawrence Samuels is the VP for Strategic Initiatives and Executive Director for the University Corporation. He is an experienced high tech entrepreneur with a newly minted Ph.D. in higher education policy and administration. Samuels is currently engaged in strategy, funding, economic development, and policy work within the higher educational sector.

AVP for Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer

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.