Meet the Provost

Dr. Michael Spagna, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Michael E. Spagna

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
California State University, Dominguez Hills

mspagna@csudh.edu | Office: WH D-440 | (310) 243-3307

Welcome to the Division of Academic Affairs, composed of all of the academic, administrative and instructional units within the university. As the newly appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, I offer warm greetings as we approach another promising academic year here at California State University, Dominguez Hills!

By way of introduction, I come to CSUDH as a former professor, chair, and dean at California State University, Northridge, where I worked for the past 25 years. As a longtime member of the CSU community, I am committed to our collective mission of improving student success and ensuring access for the underserved and diverse communities we serve.

Prior to CSUN, I served as consultant to the California State Department of Education; Co-coordinator of Services to Students with Learning Disabilities at the University of California, Berkeley; a Learning Disabilities Specialist and Lecturer at Chabot College in Livermore, CA; and a Special Education teacher at Landmark West School in Culver City, CA. I earned my Ph.D. in 1991 through the joint-doctoral program in Special Education from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University; M.A. in Special Education from UCLA in 1985; and a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders from Northwestern University in 1984.

In the role of Provost, my responsibilities include overseeing all academic units, including the university’s six colleges and the University Library, as well as all academic centers, institutes, and instructional programs and activities. As the chief academic officer, the provost provides leadership, in collaboration with the Academic Senate and other stakeholders, to strive for high quality in teaching, scholarship, creative activities, and service for faculty and academic programs.

I am honored to serve as a member of this community because CSUDH represents everything that is fundamentally good and true when it comes to fulfilling the mission of public higher education, including a steadfast commitment to excellence and innovation, building strong university-community partnerships, and, most importantly, ensuring student success at all levels.

Dr. Michael E. Spagna
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs