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Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. David Dauwalder

Dr. David Dauwalder

Dr. David P. Dauwalder joined Central Connecticut State University as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in March 2018. Dr. Dauwalder brought to CCSU more than 17 years in the role of provost and vice president for academic affairs at four universities:  Woodbury University; the University of New Haven; California State University, Stanislaus; and Central Washington University. He also served for just over 8 months in 2015 as interim president of Woodbury University.

At Woodbury University, Dr. Dauwalder worked with faculty and administrative colleagues to implement a new strategic plan. As provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for seven years at the University of New Haven, he renegotiated with elected faculty representatives the UNH Faculty Handbook; regularized planning, personnel, and academic policy development; strengthened with faculty experiential learning opportunities for students; supported the addition of new programs, instructional modes, and levels; and increased support for and production of research and creative activities.

Prior to UNH, Dr. Dauwalder was provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock, California, where he supported the university’s connections to the Central Valley community, strengthened the working relationship of administration and faculty, and provided leadership for a $3 million Hispanic-Serving-Institution collaborative grant with Modesto JC and Merced College. As provost at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, Dr. Dauwalder expanded distance-learning opportunities through CWU’s university centers throughout the state and helped strengthened the role of undergraduate research.

His Ph.D. and M.A. are from Arizona State University; his bachelor’s degree is from Northern Arizona University. Dr. Dauwalder gained his collegiate faculty experience in business communications and business teacher education first at Central Michigan University, then progressed through the faculty ranks at California State University, Los Angeles, earning tenure and the rank of professor in 1988. At Cal State L.A., he served as a department chair, associate dean, and from 1991-93 as acting dean in the School of Business & Economics. He also served as dean of the School of Business & Economics at Central Washington University for three years before moving into the role of a provost.

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