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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.

CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,600 students and growing. Within the Academic Affairs administrative division, six colleges oversee CSUMB's academic operations. The university currently offers a total of 25 undergraduate degrees with over 30 concentrations, 38 minors, eight graduate degrees, and several teacher-certification options.

Prior to joining CSUMB, Dr. Kantardjieff served for nine years as the founding dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University San Marcos. She has held academic appointments as Professor and Chair of Chemistry at California State Polytechnic University Pomona and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University Fullerton. Dr Kantardjieff has served in leadership positions with the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology. the CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology, and the United States National Committee for Crystallography.

Dr. Kantardjieff received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Southern California and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles. She was the recipient of the San Diego Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Award and the Athena Pinnacle Award for Individual in Education.