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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Gerald Jakabowski, Provost

Gerald S. Jakubowski, Ph.D.

Dr. Gerald S. Jakubowski joined The California Maritime Academy on July 1, 2009 as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  His responsibilities include academics, accreditation, athletics, student affairs, library, sponsored projects, and extended learning.  The academic programs prepare students for careers in international business, logistics, marine engineering, maritime affairs, global studies and transportation through a hands-on applied approach to learning.

Prior to joining Cal Maritime, Dr. Jakubowski served as President of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.  Previously, he served as Vice President and Provost of Arizona State University (ASU) and where he was instrumental in leading the development of ASU’s newly formed Polytechnic Campus. Prior to his move to Arizona, he served for fourteen years as Dean of the College of Science and Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In addition, Dr. Jakubowski held positions of Interim Dean of Engineering and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the Herff College of Engineering at Memphis State University (now University of Memphis) and was Assistant Dean of Engineering at the University of Toledo where he was responsible for the overall administration of the undergraduate engineering program. He also served as a faculty member at the University of South Alabama.

Dr. Jakubowski is Past National President of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Past Chair of the Engineering Accreditation Commission for ABET, the organization that accredits engineering programs in the United States.  He is also active in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  In 2007, Dr. Jakubowski received the University of Toledo’s Gold “T” Alumnus Award – the university’s highest honor.  In 2002, Dr. Jakubowski received the University of Toledo, College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.  He is a Fellow Member of ASEE and ASME.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, he received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering all from the University of Toledo.  He also completed Carnegie-Mellon University's College Management Program offered through the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.

Jerry and his wife, Lynn, currently reside in American Canyon, California.