Author Profile

Jose L. Cruz | Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, California State University, Fullerton

Current Position and Past Experience
José L. Cruz serves as the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at California State University, Fullerton. Before taking on his current role, Cruz was the vice president of Higher Education Policy and Practice at The Education Trust in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the national Access to Success Initiative and was involved in separate efforts to regulate the for-profit college industry and to protect the federal Pell Grant Program. Prior to that, Cruz served as the vice president for Student Affairs, chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Puerto Rico.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Cruz earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Cruz has published extensively in international scientific journals and for technical conferences. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the United States Education Department, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, and various corporations, among others.

Cruz is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a National Science Foundation Career Award recipient. Active in industry, he is a patented inventor.

Cruz serves on The Education Trust’s Board of Directors and the Board of the national Association of Chief Academic Officers. He is a frequent keynote speaker and writer on higher educational issues and has testified before the U.S. Congress. His work has been covered by regional, state, and national print, online, and broadcast media outlets.

You can find more of Cruz’s articles on The Huffington Post. An archive of additional materials—including selected remarks, op/eds, and campus communications—can be found on Cruz’s blog, Provost’s Perspectives.