President – California State University Channel Islands


The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees will soon be accepting nominations and applications for the position of President of California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI).


CSU Channel Islands

Founded in 2002, CSUCI is the newest campus in the 23-campus California State University System. The next president will lead this 21st century institution into its third decade, helping it mature into the leadership role it is on track to achieve in a number of areas, such as supporting faculty in prioritizing student-centered learning, advancing racial and social justice, and publishing cutting-edge research to serve the people of Southern California and beyond.


With an operating budget of roughly $140 million, CSUCI enrolls approximately 7,000 students, including graduate and post-baccalaureate students. The campus employs 164 FTE tenured/tenure-track faculty, with an additional 23 lines budgeted for the upcoming fiscal year, 295 lecturers, and 536 non-faculty staff members. At full capacity, CSUCI is expected to serve 15,000 full-time equivalent students.


CSUCI has expanded its academic programs since its founding, and today offers 26 undergraduate majors, seven graduate degrees, and a number of credential and certificate programs. The campus operates six centers and institutes, as well. Students have access to highly engaging curricular and co-curricular learning experiences, with outstanding faculty and staff, small class sizes, innovative applications of instructional technologies in their in-person, online, and hybrid classes, and other high-impact learning practices including service learning, undergraduate research, and study abroad opportunities in 20 countries. CSUCI has earned national distinctions because of its faculty, work environment, community service, student/faculty research, and efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.


The University has been recognized four times by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For” and in 2021 was ranked among the top 30 “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” for the seventh year in a row. U.S News & World Report recently ranked CSUCI 41st for Regional Universities West, ranked 20th for Top Public Schools – Regional Universities West, and ranked 17th for Social Mobility – Regional Universities West. Since achieving the designation of Hispanic Serving Institution in 2009, CSUCI has been eligible for and extremely competitive in winning federal HSI funding and other supports, with almost $37 million in grant awards received since 2010. The most recent award, announced by the U.S. Department of Education on September 15, 2021, is for Project AYUDAS (Articulating Your Undergraduate Degree & Academic Success in STEM), an HSI STEM grant funded for $4,999,990 over five years, designed to strengthen the STEM student success pipeline and transform collegiate STEM pathways for retention and success. The economic and fiscal impacts of these grants benefit the economies of local communities in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, the region, and throughout the entire state, generating significant benefits in the form of increased employment, labor income and economic output.


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CSUCI is located 4.5 miles south of the city of Camarillo in Ventura County, roughly 50 miles north of Los Angeles. As a regional campus in the CSU system, CSUCI serves all of Ventura County and the southern part of Santa Barbara County — a region that enjoys a rich mix of ethnic diversity. The local economy relies on six key industry sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, construction, health services, professional/scientific/technical services, and leisure/hospitality.


The campus exists on ancestral Chumash lands and was developed on the site of the former Camarillo State Hospital. It features a unique collection of 1930s Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival buildings organized around a central mall, formal quads, courtyards, and open spaces. A virtual tour of the campus is available.


Role of the President

The President is appointed by the CSU Board of Trustees and reports to Joseph I. Castro, Chancellor of the CSU System.  The President serves as the chief executive, academic, and administrative leader for the CSU Channel Islands campus, overseeing strategic planning, budget management and fundraising, human resources, academic programming, facilities maintenance, and all other areas of operation. CSU Channel Islands has a legacy of respect for academic freedom and strong shared governance, which is also visible in the expectations of the faculty for open and transparent participation in governing the University successfully. Positions reporting to the President include the Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice President for University Advancement, Chief of Staff, and Senior Director of Community & Government Relations.


Application / Nomination Process

For further information about the position and its requirements, please review the position profile here:


Application materials and nominations should be sent electronically to:


AGB Search is assisting California State University Channel Islands with this important search. Please direct nominations and inquiries to the AGB Search Consultants:


Dr. Rod McDavis, Managing Principal, / (804) 514-1982

Dr. Melissa Trotta, Associate Managing Principal, / (202) 380-8927

Mr. Andrew Bowen, Executive Search / (802) 345-1279 


The full announcement and a detailed position profile will be made available soon.