Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García announced on Friday in an email that Anil Puri will down as interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs on Jan. 1, 2018.
Puri had served as interim provost since July 2016. Earlier this year, he removed himself as a candidate for the search for a permanent provost, and will now serve as director of the Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting.
Before becoming interim provost, Puri was chair of the economics department and dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.
“I am grateful to Dr. Puri for his selfless service and confident his decision is the right one for him, his family and the campus community,” García said in an email.
Puri decided to resign from his position due to his inability to commit to the search for a new permanent president to replace García, who will be leaving to become the president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities on Jan. 22, 2018.
“I’m confident that Dr. Puri will remain a valuable resource to the university community,” said Chief Communications Officer Jeffrey Cook in an email. “We have benefited from his leadership and many of us have very much enjoyed working with him.”
Kari Knutson Miller, Ph.D., dean of University Extended Education (UEE) and associate vice president of International Programs and Global Engagement (IPGE), has been appointed provost for a two-and-a-half year term while the university searches for a new president.
Knutson Miller will start at the beginning of the new year and aid in the search for a provost to replace her at the end of the term.
Starting as a child and adolescent studies assistant professor in 1999, Knutson Miller has held many positions at CSUF including chair of the department from 2007-14.
As dean of UEE and associate vice president of IPGE, Knutson Miller oversaw International Programs, University Extended Education, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Fullerton Arboretum.
She also served on the Strategic Plan Steering Committee for the 2013-18 five-year strategic plan and is now the co-chair for the planning process for the 2018-23 strategic plan.
“(Knutson Miller) is very much committed to continuing the impactful work underway and playing a leadership role in facilitating the development of the university’s next strategic plan,” Cook said.