Western Washington University has named Brent Carbajal, who was about halfway through a two-year term as provost, as the Bellingham school’s permanent provost. He will also become vice president for academic affairs.
Before he started the job as provost, Carbajal was dean of WWU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. As provost and vice-president, he will be the chief academic officer of the university. When the president is unavailable, the provost serves in that role.
After Carbajal’s appointment in June 2013, WWU President Bruce Shepard said he would decide after a year whether to conduct a national search or make Carbajal’s appointment permanent. Shepard said he consulted widely with campus leaders and found Carbajal had strong support. “The consensus was that we could search the nation and not find someone better suited than Dr. Carbajal,” Shepard said in a statement.
Carbajal has master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Washington. He has been at Western since 1997, serving as a professor of Spanish and for eight years as chair of the University’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages.