Susan Elrod began as the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater on April 15, 2016. Prior to this appointment, she served as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Chico (Chico State) from October 2014 - March 2016. At Chico State, she implemented programs to improve faculty diversity and salary equity, revitalized support for research, launched new data dashboard and E-portfolio projects, and assisted the campus in preparing for a presidential transition. Prior to this position, she served as Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State), where she led initiatives aimed at enhancing support for research, building community and industry connections, and improving persistence of students in STEM programs. She was principal investigator of a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to redesign introductory science and mathematics courses through formation of faculty learning communities. She also created a new advising center in the College of Science and Mathematics in partnership with Student Affairs.