(VALLEJO, California – January 30, 2015) – Dr. Susan Opp has been appointed provost of California State University Maritime Academy. The announcement was made today by Cal Maritime President Tom Cropper following a five-month, national search.
Dr. Opp currently serves as the associate vice president of academic programs and graduate studies at California State University East Bay. She will assume her new post at Cal Maritime on May 1.
"Dr. Opp has an impressive background in curriculum development," said President Cropper. "I believe she is the ideal person to lead the construction of our academic master plan and ensure Cal Maritime's place as the center of excellence for maritime studies."
Previously at Cal State East Bay, Opp was a professor of Biological Sciences, graduate coordinator for Biological and Marine Sciences M.S. programs and founder and director of the Environmental Science B.S. program. Immediately prior to assuming the position of associate vice president, she was chair of the Academic Senate and chair of the Senate Committee on Budget and Resource Allocation. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award at Cal State East Bay in 2009. Opp has received many other awards, honors and recognitions, including the Woman of the Year in Science Award from the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame and the John H. Comstock Award for Outstanding Graduate Research from the Entomological Society of America.
As provost at Cal Maritime, Dr. Opp will be the senior academic administrator for a program which has been ranked the number one best public college in the western region and third among all western regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report. The school has also received recent accolades from Forbes, Money, and Washington Monthly.
Dr. Opp is a Bay Area native and an alumna of San Francisco State University, where she received a B.A. in Biological Sciences. She earned an M.S. in Entomology from U.C. Riverside and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.