President’s Circle is comprised of some of the strongest educational advocates in the region. Business and community leaders, alumni, friends, and California State University San Marcos employees are among those who make up this vital group of supporters. Gifts received through President’s Circle enable the President to respond to the highest academic needs of the campus which further the mission of CSUSM. These gifts enrich the lives of many San Marcos students by enhancing the university’s educational and extracurricular programs. President’s Circle memberships assist us in promoting research, scholarships, and raising academic standards to create greater opportunities for our students, faculty, and community.  

Funds raised through President’s Circle membership have been used for:

  • Scholarships
    Scholarships are provided to those with high financial need that are in good academic standing helping to ensure these students are able to complete their education.  
  • Student Activities, Clubs and Organizations
    These funds are used to support activities or projects that enhance student life on campus; support activities, conferences, or events that benefit CSUSM students; and allow individual students the ability to participate in educational conferences or. 
  • Faculty Professional Development Grants
    Grants are awarded to support professional activities related to teaching and learning, research and creative activities, and/or community or disciplinary service.
  • Community Engagement
    CSUSM and its community partners collaborate to enhance the quality of life for all who work, live and study in North County San Diego and beyond. For its record of successful university-community partnerships, CSUSM received the Carnegie Foundation designation as a community engaged campus. 
  • Post-season Travel and Funds for Student Athletes
    Post-season competition is not covered by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) of which CSUSM is a member. President’s Circle memberships provided funds for travel expenses incurred while the students were in post-season competition.

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Meet California Coast Credit Union
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California Coast Credit Union is San Diego's oldest financial institution serving its members' best interest since 1929. We're proud to serve over 117,000 members in San Diego and Riverside Counties, where everyone who lives or works can open an account with us. Our members enjoy competitive rates, a full range of products and services including access to 20 branches. In addition, our members can use 60 CU Service Centers and fee-free CO-OP ® ATMs - 600 local and 28,000 nationwide. Visit their website...

Meet Martin Gannon


The activities that President's Circle champions are of great interest to me, as I have been a long-time professor, writer, and consultant for 45 years. Scholarships, support of student clubs and faculty development are of particular importance to me. Many of our students at CSUSM are the first in their families to attend college; the majority of students struggle to finance their education. Such students learn to become co-operative group members and leaders not only in the classroom but also in the student clubs that are directly related to their coursework. Similarly, productive faculty struggle to support their research and such activities as attending conferences where the latest, cutting-edge ideas are discussed. Consequently, my wife Doris and I joined President's Circle almost immediately after arriving on campus nine years ago and plan to support its activities in any way we can do so.

Martin (Marty) Gannon is Professor of International Management and Business Strategy in the College of Business Administration at Cal State San Marcos and Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland at College Park. He is author or co-author of 13 books, some in multiple editions and translations, and over 90 articles and papers.