Dr. Loren J. Blanchard is the executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the California State University, the largest and most diverse four-year public higher education system in the nation.
In this capacity, Blanchard develops and oversees educational policy for the 23-campus system; guides and supports campus administrators on curricula, program design and student affairs; and serves as the chancellor’s designee to the CSU’s Academic Senate. He directs a team of more than 150 employees in 12 departments to drive student success, quality academic programming and faculty excellence in the CSU.
As executive vice chancellor, Blanchard leads the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025, the university’s ambitious effort to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating equity gaps. Through a comprehensive approach that includes reimagining developmental education, hiring additional faculty and improving student advising, the CSU is working to ensure that all students have the opportunity to be successful, producing the graduates needed to power California’s future prosperity. Under Blanchard’s leadership, Graduation Initiative 2025 is already showing promising results and completion rates are at all-time highs.
Prior to joining the CSU, Blanchard served 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.
Additionally, Blanchard was provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs and vice president for accreditation, leadership and accountability within the University of Louisiana System.
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. Blanchard 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 education psychology from the University of Georgia.