Since his arrival on March 16, Dr. David P. Dauwalder says his “To Do” list has been steadily growing. Along with acquainting himself with campus and lots of new faces, CCSU’s new provost is preparing for tenure and promotion decisions in a few weeks and filling the first of three vacant dean positions.

Dauwalder was selected from a pool of 77 applicants for the position and was one of four finalists. He succeeds CCSU Provost Dr. Carl Lovitt. Dr. Susan Pease had been serving as interim provost prior to his arrival.

In announcing Dauwalder’s appointment, President Zulma R. Toro noted, “Dr. Dauwalder has the experience, personality, and energy needed to serve as Central’s chief academic officer as the university tackles four key priorities. He understands the challenges we face, and, as important, he sees the opportunities offered by our exceptional academic programs and faculty.”

Dauwalder began his career teaching secondary business, civics, government, and history in Arizona. As an academic, he has focused on education and business. Dauwalder comes to Central from the University of the Pacific, where he had been interim dean of the Eberhardt School of Business since January 2017. 

The Arizona native is no stranger to Connecticut. From 2006 to 2013, Dauwalder was provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs at the University of New Haven. He has also held provost and other senior administrative roles at Woodbury University, Central Washington University, and with the California State University system.

“I’m really pleased to be here,” Dauwalder says. “I’m excited about being back in public higher education.

— Loretta Waldman