I provide leadership for over 4,000 educators oversee all aspects of CSUF's operations.
Day to Day
Serving as president of the university is an identity in addition to a job. My days are completely unpredictable, as I lead about 40,000 students and 5,000 employees. I'm essentially the "mayor" of CSUF. It's my job to create a sense of community on campus and to lead our educators in setting up the university's students to become great people as they graduate and go out into the world.
Skills & Qualities Beyond School
Leadership skills are incredibly important for this position. I'm at the head of about 45,000 people—that's about the size of a mid-sized city! It's also important to harbor a passion for helping people and making a difference in the community. If I can make a positive impact on the university's students, then they'll graduate and go out into the community and further that impact.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for college students
When you get to college, don't waste any time. Just jump in. Join organizations and academic societies. Go to sporting events. The extracurricular activities are just as important in forming your education and experience as your classes. Don't be afraid to utilize support resources in school. Most people will love to give you guidance and support if you take the initiative to ask for help. Make connections with your school's faculty and ask questions of those whose stories you're interested in.