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SDSU Names Interim Provost

Beginning Wednesday, June 6, Dr. Joseph F. Johnson will serve as interim provost.
By SDSU News Team

San Diego State University College of Education Dean Joseph F. Johnson was named interim provost of the university, effective June 6.

Following input from SDSU faculty, staff and administrators in the Division of Academic Affairs and in consultation with the University Senate Executive Committee, President-Designate Adela de la Torre asked Johnson to serve for at least one year or longer—if necessary—to successfully complete a search for a permanent provost.

“Dr. Johnson has a stellar track record in higher education and is clearly dedicated to promoting faculty support and success while advancing shared governance,” said de la Torre. “His well-known recognition in developing student success practices and innovative faculty teaching programs will be major assets to my first year, and I look forward to working with him to further elevate our stature as a top public research university.”  

Prior to his appointment, Johnson planned to retire at the end of this month from his current roles as dean of the College of Education and interim dean of the College of Extended Studies.  

“I am beyond grateful for his willingness to continue to serve SDSU in this new capacity and thank him for his dedication to the university,” said SDSU president Sally Roush in a letter to university faculty and staff.

"Serving as interim provost is an unexpected honor. I look forward to working alongside President-Designate de la Torre as we journey into this new chapter in SDSU history," said Johnson.

In addition to his new post as interim provost, Johnson will continue his work with the National Center for Urban School Transformation where he works to identify successful student achievement practices in the urban environment and bring them to struggling K-12 schools nationwide.