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Presidential investiture set for Nov. 15

The investiture of Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa as president of Cal State Monterey Bay will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the World Theater on campus. The event will also be video-streamed to other campus sites.

A reception will follow at the University Center.

CSU Chancellor Timothy White will attend the investiture, along with members of the Cal State Board of Trustees and a number of Dr. Ochoa’s presidential colleagues from around the CSU. Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will give a keynote address.

On Saturday, Nov. 16, the university will hold a community Day of Service in conjunction with the investiture and in keeping with the campus’s emphasis on service learning and community outreach.

Dr. Ochoa becomes the third permanent president in the university’s history, following Dr. Peter Smith (1995-2005) and Dr. Dianne Harrison (2006-2012). Dr. Diane Cordero de Noriega served as interim president between Smith and Harrison.

At its May 2013 meeting, the California State University Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Ochoa as permanent president of Cal State Monterey Bay. He had served in that position on an interim basis since July 2012.

Blanco named interim provost

Julio BlancoDr. Julio Blanco, dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and professor of physics at CSU Bakersfield, is now interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cal State Monterey Bay.

At CSU Bakersfield, Dr. Blanco increased the number of students in science, technology and math majors; lessened the gender gap in those majors, and increased external support through grants and contracts.

He moved to CSU Bakersfield from CSU Northridge, where he began his academic career as a teaching assistant in 1974 and advanced through the ranks to full professor in 1997. He served as department chair from 2001 to 2006.

Dr. Blanco earned his doctorate in physics from Penn State University and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in physics from CSU Northridge. He succeeds Dr. Kathryn Cruz-Uribe, who is now chancellor of Indiana University East.