Lisa Rossbacher
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Lisa A. Rossbacher was appointed the seventh president of Humboldt State in March 2014.

She was previously the president of Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia. She has also worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, a geothermal exploration company and National Public Radio, in addition to serving as a faculty member and administrator at Cal Poly Pomona, Whittier College and Dickinson College. She was the first woman geologist to become a university president in North America.

Her bimonthly column has appeared in the magazine Geotimes (renamed Earth in 2008) since 1988, and she has authored books on geology, science and the media. Her research interests focus on the role of water and water ice on the planet Mars. In 1984, she was a finalist in NASA’s astronaut selection process.

President Rossbacher was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate and to the status of Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2001; she was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2010. She has served on the American Council on Education's Commission on Women, and she is currently on the State Network Executive Board with ACE's Office of Women in Higher Education. She is also a trustee of the Geological Society of America Foundation.

Read President Rossbacher's full biography.


B.A., Geology, Dickinson College
M.A., Geological Sciences, State University of New York at Binghamton
M.A., Geological and Geophysical Science, Princeton University
Ph.D., Geological and Geophysical Sciences, Princeton