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Loren J. Blanchard

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
The California State University

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​Dr. Loren J. Blanchard is the executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the California State University. A veteran higher education system and campus administrator, Blanchard comes to the CSU after serving as the provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs at Xavier University of Louisiana - his alma mater. During his tenure at Xavier, the school earned an international reputation for student success. The historically black university ranks first in the nation in awarding bachelor's degrees to African American students in the sciences and in the number of graduates who go on to complete medi​cal school. Blanchard is credited with enhancing the academic support model significantly impacting student progression and completion rates; implementing a faculty awards program highlighting teaching, scholarship and service; reaffirming the university's regional accreditation status and that of the College of Pharmacy; securing highly competitive grants for student financial support and academic success; and crafting mission-driven academic programs to respond to the changing academic needs of students and the workforce.

Blanchard will lead the CSU's Graduation Initiative, which aims to increase student success rates. He will develop and oversee educational policy for the 23-campus system, advise the Board of Trustees, guide and support the campus presidents and provosts on curricula and program design, and serve as the chancellor's designee to the CSU's Academic Senate. He will oversee a team of more than 120 employees with 11 direct reports.

Blanchard brings to this position his experience with university systems, having served in leadership posts within the University of Louisiana System of Colleges and Universities. As provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs in the University of Louisiana System, he successfully helped eight universities strengthen and achieve their academic and research goals. In addition, he executed long-range planning and evaluation of academic programs, monitored institutional and program-based accreditation planning and results, and provided assistance for instructional improvement and faculty development. As the vice president for accreditation, leadership and accountability, he provided technical assistance to the system's universities in accreditation planning and implementation. He helped develop and evaluate redesigned university programs to ensure compliance with state and national standards.

Blanchard is widely published and is known for his research and scholarly articles addressing teacher education and educational strategies to support the success of students of color. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Colleges. He is the past chair of the Association of Chief Academic Officers of the Southern States and the past president of the Kappa Phi Kappa National Professional Education Honor Society. In addition, he has served on many prestigious educational committees, including Louisiana's Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence.

He holds a bachelor's of science degree in speech pathology education with a minor in psychology from Xavier University, a master's of education in educational administration and supervision from McNeese State University, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Georgia.