Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher began her tenure as the seventh president of Humboldt State University in July 2014. She was appointed by the CSU Board of Trustees following a national search process.
President Rossbacher graduated from Dickinson College (Geology, summa cum laude), received masters degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton and Princeton University, and earned her Ph.D. (Geological and Geophysical Sciences) at Princeton University. At her previous institution, she became the first woman geologist to serve as a university president in North America. Her bimonthly column has appeared in the magazine Geotimes (renamed Earth in 2008) since 1988, and she has authored books on geology, science, and the media.