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Perez takes over as interim provost at Chico State

Steve Perez, former interim president at San Jose State, was named interim provost at Chico State following the resignation of Debra Larson in December.

Sacramento State President Robert Nelson announced Perez’s appointment Friday. Perez, who has held numerous positions at Sacramento State, was slated to return to the campus as provost this month after his stint at San Jose State ended.

Perez initially began his career at Sacramento State in 2001 as an assistant economics professor, rising up the ladder to associate professor, professor, assistant to the president for special projects, faculty athletics representative and interim provost. He’s also served on the faculty at Washington State University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Perez holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego and his master’s and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Davis.

Larson resigned her post at Chico State after EdSource reported that she OK’d light discipline for a biology professor who had an affair with a graduate student. Larson, 66, said she had been planning to retire anyway.