CSUSM Announces the Selection of Final Two Deans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has announced the selection of two academic leadership positions that have been under recruitment since spring semester.

Katherine Kantardjieff, Ph.D., has been named the dean of the new College of Science and Mathematics, which will include the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science and Information Systems, Mathematics and Physics.  Interdisciplinary and emerging programs will include Biotechnology. She will assume her new position on July 18. 

Michael “Mike” Schroder has been selected as dean of Extended Learning, which offers continuing education and training options to the community.  He will start on August 1.

Dr. Katherine Kantardjieff

Currently, Dr. Kantardjieff is professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry at California State Polytechnic University Pomona, where she is also director of the W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Molecular Structure and co-director of the Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Materials Design. Prior to joining the Department at Cal Poly in 2009, Dr. Kantardjieff was a faculty member at Cal State Fullerton for more than 20 years.

At the national level, Dr. Kantardjieff has been vice chair and is currently chair of the United States National Committee (USNC) for Crystallography at the National Academy of Sciences, where she led efforts to develop policies on training and education in crystallographic science, as well as been actively engaged in the Latin American Initiative, a joint effort of the USNC, International Union of Crystallography, and American Crystallographic Association, to promote crystallographic science in Latin American countries. These activities have enabled her to integrate ideas across traditional intellectual boundaries, promote diversity, and foster global engagement.

Dr. Kantardjieff holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Southern California as well as a Master’s of Science and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California Los Angeles.

Michael “Mike” Schroder

Since 2004, Mr. Schroder has served as the director of Extended Education and Online Learning, Division of Economic and Community Outreach, at Towson University in Maryland. He has a strong record of leadership and management of a self-support operation, including administration; development of credit and non-credit programming in response to regional workforce needs; collaboration across departments and divisions to develop and launch five fully online credit programs as well as other programs; outreach and the establishment of relationships with corporations, government agencies and external associations; and marketing programs.

Prior to his appointment at Towson University, Mr. Schroder served for ten years in the Department of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech University where he held positions of assistant director and consortia leader among others, and was responsible for planning, developing and marketing new programs and fundraising.

Mr. Schroder earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech in Vocational and Technical Education with a concentration in Training and Development.

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $189.2 million, generating a total impact of $228.6 million on the regional economy. Over 85 percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region fueling the local workforce. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.