Vanya Quiñones was appointed CSU Monterey Bay's fourth president in August 2022. A neurobiologist, biopsychologist, and noted researcher, she came to CSUMB after serving as provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Pace University since 2018.
Quiñones has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles. Over the course of a 20-plus-year career at the City University of New York (CUNY) - Hunter College, she served as an assistant, associate and full professor in the Department of Psychology before being appointed to serve as the chair of the department. She was later promoted to the role of associate provost.