LBCC Announces New VP of Academic Affairs
Long Beach City College has selected Dr. Gaither Loewenstein as the new Vice President of Academic Affairs. The VP of Academic Affairs is the chief instructional officer of the college and oversees the college’s academic programs and deans. Dr. Loewenstein was selected by Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley upon recommendation of a campus selection committee made up of faculty, administrators, staff and students. His appointment was confirmed by the LBCCD Board of Trusteesat their meeting of January 24.
“Dr. Loewenstein comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience and will be an excellent addition to LBCC’s executive leadership team,” said LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “I am excited to have him helping lead the college forward and work with faculty and staff on implementing our academic goals and initiatives.”
Dr. Loewenstein is the former President of Modesto Junior College and has 30 years of experience in education and community colleges. Prior to Modesto Junior College, he served as Vice President of Educational Services at Norco College, Dean of Social Sciences and Arts at the College of the Desert, and as a Professor of Political Science at Wright State University and Lamar University.
“The selection of the new Vice President of Academic Affairs was made through a Shared Governance process,” said Janice Tomson, President of the Academic Senate. “The Hiring Committee for the Vice President was represented by all constituencies at the College: administration, faculty, and staff. This committee forwarded candidates to the Superintendent-President who made his selection. As Senate President I respect the process and am looking forward to working with Gaither Lowenstein as our new Vice President of Academic Affairs.”
Dr. Loewenstein has a Ph.D. in Urban Affairs from the University of Delaware, a Masters of Urban Affairs from Wichita State University, and a B.S. in Public Administration from the University of the Pacific.
Dr. Loewenstein will begin his tenure on March 1, 2012.