[Provost Cruz's email to the campus regarding the Interim University Librarian, July 14, 2014]
After much consultation and deliberation with the President’s Cabinet, the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate, the Council of Deans, University Library faculty and staff, and various other stakeholders, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Scott Hewitt as Interim University Librarian (UL). This appointment will be effective August 4 and will continue through the successful completion of a search for a new permanent UL.
Dr. Hewitt, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, earned his doctorate in physical chemistry from Columbia University and was a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University prior to coming to Cal State Fullerton. Since joining CSUF in 1991, he has served on more than 70 different committees at the college and University level, including the University Library Committee, Student Fee Advisory Committee, Athletics Advisory Council, several sustainability committees, and 11 years on the Academic Senate (six years on the Senate Executive Committee, two years as vice chair and two years as chair). Dr. Hewitt has also been vice chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and director of his department’s environmental chemistry program and its National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. He received the University’s Faculty Leadership in Collegial Governance Award in 2011.
Dr. Hewitt’s research focuses on atmospheric chemistry, combustion chemistry, archaeological chemistry and green chemistry. He is an accomplished researcher, having published more than 18 peer-reviewed articles and given more than 80 conference presentations. He has been a reviewer of grants and publications for several major organizations, including the National Science Foundation and American Chemical Society, and has brought in more than $700,000 in external funding to the University. His research students have won numerous awards, including two Giles T. Brown Outstanding Thesis awards, a Western Association of Graduate Schools/University Microfilm Distinguished Master’s Thesis award, and two Council for Undergraduates research awards. Dr. Hewitt has taught 22 different CSUF courses and has received four College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics outstanding faculty awards for untenured faculty member, teaching, and contributions to student success as well as the student’s choice award for extraordinary service to students.
Dr. Hewitt is a respected, experienced and collegial leader. He will serve the University well as we work to sharpen the vision of the University Library; strengthen its relationships with students, faculty, staff, and our local community; and implement the change needed to make it the intellectual hub of our University.
Please join me in thanking Dr. Hewitt for his willingness to serve our University in this new role. I am confident that he will have the support of the entire campus community.