Peter O. Nwosu
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success
City University of New York Lehman College
American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow and Fulbright Scholar Peter Nwosu started his tenure in 2019 as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and student success at the Herbert H. Lehman College, a Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution and a senior college of the 25-member colleges of the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest urban public university system. Prior to this role, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Clark Atlanta University (CAU), a private HBCU, and associate vice president for academic programs and accreditation liaison officer at California State University, Fullerton, a Hispanic Serving Institution. Nwosu began his career at California State University, Sacramento, rising through the ranks to become tenured full professor of Communication Studies. A nationally recognized teacher-scholar of intercultural and international communication, Nwosu has served as journal editor, presented at regional, national, and international conferences, and authored/co-authored more than 90 scholarly writings, including three books, journal papers, book chapters, and training manuals. A graduate of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, he earned his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Howard University. Nwosu serves as Principal Investigator for the NYC Louis Stokes Alliance involving 12 CUNY colleges funded by the National Science Foundation, as well as co-director of the CUNY Leadership Institute funded by the Mellon Foundation. He also chairs the board of directors of the CUNY Mexican Studies Institute and the CUNY Institute for Health Equity. In addition, he serves as a member and secretary to the board of directors of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and sits on the advisory boards of the AASCU Committee on Academic Innovation and Transformation, the national Association of Chief Academic Officers, and the Sacramento-based California Urban Partnership (CUP).