BELLINGHAM - Western Washington University has promoted the dean of its largest college to a two-year term as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Brent Carbajal, the current dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will begin serving as provost Aug. 1, after current Provost Catherine Riordan steps down.
WWU President Bruce Shepard made the announcement Monday, June 3, saying the move has broad support among campus leadership.
The provost position is the chief academic officer of WWU and has policy and decision responsibility for academic programs, faculty, academic relations with other organizations, budgets and facilities planning. The provost serves as president when the president is unavailable.
Plans are for an interim dean to be named for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Carbajal made $140,000 as dean and will make about $222,500 annually as provost, an 11 percent increase over what Riordan has been making. Her salary had not been increased since her hiring four years ago, university spokesman Paul Cocke said.
Carbajal has master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Washington. He has been at WWU since 1997, serving as a professor of Spanish and for eight years as chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.