Provost José L. Cruz
José L. Cruz became provost and vice president for academic affairs of California State University, Fullerton in December 2012.
Previously, he served as vice president of
higher education policy and practice of The Education Trust in Washington, D.C. He is a former vice president for student affairs of the University of Puerto Rico System and served as chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and dean of academic affairs at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez.
Cruz has led several research, educational, outreach and advocacy projects. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the United States Education Department, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and various corporations. He has published in international scientific journals and for technical conferences.
Cruz is a frequent keynote speaker and writer on higher education 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, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, CNN, and Univision.
A senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Cruz received the National Science Foundation Career Award. Active in industry, he is a patented inventor. Cruz earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez and master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.