CSU Monterey Bay names new president

Vanya Quiñones, the provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Pace University in New York, has been appointed CSU Monterey Bay president by the CSU Board of Trustees.

Quiñones will become the fourth president in CSUMB history and succeeds Eduardo Ochoa, who is retiring.

“I am honored by this opportunity and eager to collaborate with the talented faculty, staff, administrators, students and all members of the CSUMB community as we collectively work to provide even greater access to a high-quality education and improve the achievement of our talented and diverse students,” Quiñones said in a press release.

“Dr. Quiñones has served in a variety of roles during her decades of service as an educator, and in each of those roles she has continually demonstrated dedication to expanding diversity and improving student success,” said CSU Trustee Julia I. Lopez, chair of the CSUMB search committee. “Key measures of student success including graduation and retention rates continue to reach all-time highs at CSUMB, and Dr. Quiñones has the knowledge, skills, abilities and vision to lead the university to even greater heights.”

Quiñones earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in cell biology, both from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Ph.D. in neurobiology and physiology from Rutgers University.

Quiñones will assume the campus presidency on Aug. 15.

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