Dr. Harold Hellenbrand has been appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs effective August 1, 2004 by President Jolene Koester. Dr. Hellenbrand brings a wide range of administrative and academic experiences to California State University, Northridge, including 18 years of experience within the CSU System.
Provost Hellenbrand served as Dean, and Professor at the College of Liberal Arts at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo from 1998-2004; as Dean, and Professor at the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Duluth from 1994 - 1998; and as Chair, and Professor of the English Department at California State University, San Bernardino from 1982 - 1994.
His background reflects strengths in planning, K-12 linkages, retention efforts, and commitment to diversity. Dr. Hellenbrand is happy for his return to the Los Angeles area, and especially to the public urban university setting which he considers central to regional economic success and closer to major political and social currents. He is also attracted to Northridge's dedication to teacher renewal, something that is crucial to the Los Angeles area now and over the next 20 years.
As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Hellenbrand is responsible for directing more than 2,500 faculty and staff members in the Division of Academic Affairs, the largest unit within the university with an annual budget exceeding $160 million. Dr. Hellenbrand oversees eight academic colleges; the college of extended learning; the university library; academic support units; and six central academic affairs administrative offices.
Provost Hellenbrand serves as a member of the CSU Academic Council, the President's Cabinet at CSUN, and the CSUN Foundation's Board of Directors. He also chairs the Provost's Council, and the University Planning and Budget Group (UPBG).
After earning his bachelor's degree in English and American literature from Harvard College in 1975, Provost Hellenbrand received his doctorate in modern thought and literature from Stanford University in 1980.