Susan (Sue) Opp joined the California State University Maritime Academy in May 2015 as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Before coming to Cal Maritime, Sue spent over 25 years at California State University East Bay, first as a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences rising through the ranks from assistant to full professor, and later as the Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Graduate Studies. While a faculty member, she also served as the graduate coordinator for Biological and Marine Sciences M.S. programs, and as the founder and director of the Environmental Science B.S. program. Immediately prior to assuming the position of associate vice president, Sue 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, and of the Woman of the Year in Science Award from the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame in 2001. As the Associate Vice President at East Bay, Sue was responsible for all undergraduate and graduate curricular aspects of the university, as well as accreditation, assessment, articulation and numerous student success programs.
A proud product of the CSU system, Sue received a B.A. in Biology (graduating summa cum laude) from San Francisco State University, an M.S. in Entomology from the University of California, Riverside, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As an entomologist, Sue was a specialist on agriculturally important tephritid flies, with research activities primarily focused on ecologically-sound methods to control invasive species such as the Mediterranean fruit fly, apple maggot fly, walnut husk fly and olive fly. Her professional interests are in sustainability, STEM education, and supporting women in science and maritime industries.
Sue and her husband John have two children and live in Castro Valley where Sue enjoys native plant gardening. Sue, John and their son Preston all have degrees from campuses of the California State University system.