California State University, Fresno President John D. Welty today named Dr. Jeronima (Jeri) Echeverria, who has extensive academic and administrative experience, as the new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Echeverria has been serving as interim provost since July 2003. The permanent appointment is effective immediately.

“Dr. Echeverria has done an excellent job as interim provost and Fresno State is fortunate to have her aboard now in a permanent role,” said Welty. “Her knowledge of the campus and experience as a faculty member, department chair, associate dean and associate provost will benefit our entire campus as we face the challenges ahead.”

Echeverria was selected from a field of more than 50 candidates from throughout the country. She succeeds Dr. J. Michael Ortiz, who left Fresno State last year to become president of Cal Poly Pomona.

Echeverria will be responsible for the academic programs of the university, including the eight schools and colleges, the 52 academic departments, Continuing and Global Education, Grants and Contract administration, the Madden Library, and academic centers and institutes that report to Academic Affairs, including ISIS, CETL, Service Learning and Programs for Children.

Echeverria joined the Department of History at Fresno State in 1988 after completing her doctorate in United States History at the

addition to teaching duties, she served as the Single Subject Coordinator in Social Sciences, as chair of the Department of History and as associate dean of the College of Social Sciences from 1995 to 2000, when she was named associate provost.

In 1993, Echeverria served on the university’s Intercollegiate Athletics Strategic Planning committee that, among other things, helped assure that Fresno State’s athletic program achieved gender equity.

A native of California born to Basque immigrants, Echeverria grew up on a sheep ranch in Southern California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History and Humanities and completed a secondary teaching credential at the University of California, Irvine.

She taught high school Social Studies in San Clemente for 12 years before entering the graduate program at the University of North Texas where she earned a doctorate in History specializing in Basque-related topics.

While at Fresno State, Echeverria has authored one historical monograph, co-edited one historical collection, published two scholarly pamphlets and 16 articles and chapters, edited a journal for six years and presented some 50 scholarly presentations.

An expert on Basque settlement in the American West, her publications include “Home Away from Home: A History of Basque Boarding Houses,” “Portraits of Basques in the American West,” and “Home Off the Range: Basque Hotels in America”.

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