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Lynnette Zelezny


California State University, Bakersfield

Lynnette Zelezny is president of CSU Bakersfield, and serves on the PPIC Higher Education Center Advisory Council. Most recently, she served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Fresno State, a position she’s held since 2014. She changed the face of Fresno State’s faculty, making hires that addressed diversity and the gender gap. She previously served in a variety of roles at Fresno State, including associate provost, dean and associate vice president for the Division of Continuing and Global Education, associate dean for the Craig School of Business, and chair of the psychology department, where she was also a lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Among her many accomplishments are an American Council of Education Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, a nomination for the US Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and a National Institute of Mental Health grant. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Humboldt State, a PhD in applied social psychology from Claremont Graduate University, and an MBA from the Craig School of Business at Fresno State.