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.
She was appointed to the CCST Board in 2015.