July 29, 2009
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Vicki Golich appointed as new provost
Vicki Golich will start as provost/vice president for academic affairs on Sept. 1, pending approval by Metro State’s Board of Trustees.
Vicki Golich, Metropolitan State College of Denver’s newly appointed provost/vice president for academic affairs, is no stranger to Denver, having lived here previously for seven years. She is returning at a key time for the College.
“I’m thrilled to begin my work at Metro State,” says Golich, a professor of political science at California State University—San Marcos, who has served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college at CSU-SM, since 2004. “Metro State is an exciting place to be, with the development of graduate programs, and the many building projects occurring, such as the innovative hotel learning center.”
In making the announcement, President Stephen Jordan said, “Dr. Golich’s proven record of accomplishment in general education and graduate programs are what Metro State needs right now. She is the right person to help guide Metro State towards our goal of becoming the preeminent public urban baccalaureate college in the nation.”
She will start Sept. 1, pending approval by Metro State’s Board of Trustees.
At Metro State, she will serve as the chief academic officer of the College, overseeing the Schools of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Business, and Professional Studies. She will be responsible for curriculum, assessment, budget, faculty recruitment, hiring and evaluation policies. Golich's starting salary will be $195,000.
Golich says that Metro State’s mission, which is similar to her current institution, is what drew her to the College. “I see a true importance to providing educational access to the general public. Here in the 21st century, we're known as the knowledge economy. What better way to create, evaluate and trade knowledge, than through Metro State’s mission, which far exceeds the value of most other institutions of higher education in the nation.”
Golich holds a doctorate in international relations from University of Southern California, a master’s degree from the California State University, Fullerton, and a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College. She joined the faculty at CSUSM in 1992, when it was barely three years old as a campus, and was an active participant in its growth from a few hundred full-time equivalent students to its now near 10,000 FTES.