ANNE HOUTMAN has been appointed dean of Cal State Bakersfield’s School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, effective July 1. Houtman is to succeed JULIO BLANCO, who has served as dean since 2006; Blanco has been named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cal State Monterey Bay, effective July 1. Houtman has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, including serving as head and professor at the Gosnell School of Life Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., since 2011. Before that, she served as associate professor and director of Cal State Fullerton’s Biology General Education Program.