About Redlands

Interim Provost, Chief Academic Officer

Vice President David Fite in his office

David Fite

Dr. David Fite is interim provost and chief academic officer at the University of Redlands.

Before coming to Redlands in July 2009, he served as vice chancellor for institutional planning and assessment at Chapman University from 2001-2009. Dr. Fite also served as director for the Faculty Center for Professional Development and co-chair of the Deparment of English and Foreign Languages at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Dr. Fite received his Ph.D. in rhetoric, linguistics, and literature from the University of Southern California in 1982. He is the author of a book, "Harold Bloom: The Rhetoric of Romantic Vision," and of articles on literary theory, modern poetics, and faculty evaluation.

As a faculty member, Dr. Fite has taught a wide range of courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels, including English and American literature, composition and rhetoric, creative writing, linguistics, humanities, and critical theory. He has served as a consultant on faculty development, learning outcomes assessment, program review, and institutional accreditation for many colleges and universities.

Dr. Fite lives in Anaheim Hills with his wife Lynn Swanson, who is a supervisor of student teachers for Cal Poly Pomona.

Provost, Chief Academic Officer

The provost is the chief academic officer of the University and provides leadership for academic affairs.  The provost reports to the President, serves on the President’s Cabinet, and works with the Board of Trustees in academic planning and development.   The provost helps to define the academic vision of the University and provides leadership in the implementation of the University’s strategic plan.  The provost supports the growth and development of the faculty, plays an important role in tenure and promotion decisions, and works closely with the faculty through shared governance.


Design through Math
Appleton Hall

The back of the University of Redlands own Appleton Hall contains a mathematically designed ‘Echo Chamber’ that uses calculated angles to refract sound.

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