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Community Engagement

December 10, 2010

Community Enagement

At convocation, and over the course of the semester, we have reflected on our five strategic priorities and our University's future focus. Our five priorities remain important to our success and will continue to be our strategic priorities into our future.  In my forums this semester, I have talked about putting structures in place that position the University for growth and to further support the framework and activities around our strategic priorities so that they are sustainable. To that end, I announced earlier this semester that I would create a full-time diversity officer position to further institutionalize our educational equity and diversity priority. The final piece for institutionalizing and supporting our strategic framework is in the community partnerships priority.

For the past three years, Dr. Jan Jackson has held two titles, and essentially two positions, as the Dean of Extended Learning and the Associate Vice President for Community Engagement. Effective January 1, Dr. Jackson will become the Vice President for Community Engagement, reporting to me. Extended Learning will remain in Academic Affairs. Provost Cutrer will immediately begin a search process for a dean to lead Extended Learning and our Temecula off-campus center. Dr. Jackson's associate vice president position has been partially funded by my office, and this new position will be fully funded from the Office of the President. 

Dr. Jackson's portfolio will continue to include community partnerships, tribal relations, and events and conference services. It will now expand to include several already ongoing activities that currently are coordinated by various people in offices throughout our campus such as legislative affairs, expanded outreach to our military community, and oversight and coordination of our Memoranda of Agreements with school districts. Jan will further strengthen advocacy efforts with our elected officials and state and regional public leaders. She will also continue to support and expand collaborative interactions promoting the involvement of faculty, staff and students in the community, and community members in the life of the university.  Additionally, since Cal State San Marcos has become a desired location for holding events and conferences, providing revenue-generating opportunities to support the academic mission of the University, Jan will continue to provide oversight of the events and conference services operations.

Cal State San Marcos has built partnerships that provide mutual benefit to the University and to the community.  These partnerships have enabled our growth during difficult economic times  and provide expanded access and opportunities for our students.  Dr. Jackson will continue to position our University as our community's partner of choice. This year, we will launch our University's first comprehensive fundraising campaign, which will end during our 25th anniversary in 2015. That effort will take considerable time from me and Vice President for University Advancement Neal Hoss. The Vice President for Community Engagement will keep the University focused on community partnerships and legislative advocacy while I redirect time and energy toward our comprehensive campaign and fundraising efforts beyond the completion of the campaign.