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The Legacy of Dr. Lujan

Remembering a former provost who pioneered academic innovation

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Dr. Herman D. Lujan as he was during his time serving as Cal State LA Provost.

Dr. Herman D. Lujan as he was during his time serving as Cal State LA Provost.

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Dr. Herman D. Lujan as he was during his time serving as Cal State LA Provost.

Carlos Gomez, Managing Editor

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On Aug. 22, the Cal State LA community received information about the passing of the former Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Herman D. Lujan. Lujan died in Vallejo, California. He was 81.

After earning his Ph.D in Political Science at the University of Idaho, Lujan came to Cal State LA in 2001. He brought with him ideas on how to diversify the learning opportunities for students at the University.

In an article in Cal State LA Today from 2001, Dr. Lujan addressed the idea of technology in academic innovation:

“We are entering an age of technology and technology-assisted learning is becoming increasingly important. It should be included in how we provide access and excellence in teaching our students.”

Apart from his doctorate degree, Dr. Lujan held an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an A.B. and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Saint Mary’s College of California.

In 2007, he went on to become Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cal Poly Pomona, despite his retirement a month before taking on the new role.

“Life has some strange twists. Just when I thought my professional career was over, I get the opportunity to work alongside everyone at Cal Poly Pomona,” said Lujan in an interview with PolyCentric, the communications center for Cal Poly Pomona.

In an email sent to each students and faculty on campus, President William Covino admired Lujan’s work during his period at the school:

“Herm came to Cal State LA in 2001 and brought a wealth of experience. He had served as Vice Provost and Vice President at the University of Washington, President of the University of Northern Colorado, and Chief Academic Officer for the Connecticut State University System. Herm was a leading voice for higher education. I was pleased to serve on the CSU Provost’s Council with Herm, where he was a valued mentor for many of us.”

Dr. Lujan’s service will be in Peleau, Hawaii, where he was born, and is tentatively scheduled for the end of the year. Cal State LA offers its condolences to Dr. Lujan’s family.

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