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Steering Committee

As California State University San Marcos reaches higher levels in all aspects of inclusive excellence, we recognize that our people are key to propelling our exceptional academic institution and community to greater levels of success. CSUSM appreciates the engagement and leadership of the Strategic Planning Committee with special thanks to the committee’s co- chairs Dr. Carl Kemnitz, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Ranjeeta Basu, interim chief diversity officer.

  • Ranjeeta Basu, Professor of Economics (Co-Chair)
  • Carl Kemnitz, Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs (Co-Chair)
  • Fredi Avalos, Lecturer, Department of Communication (EPAG Rep)
  • William Byun, Lecturer, Finance (Lecturer Rep)
  • Dylan Crivello, ASI Chair and Chief of Staff (ASI Student Rep)
  • Charles De Leone, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research (Undergraduate Research Rep)
  • LaPorcha Ellick, Coordinator of Student Involvement (Faculty/Staff Association Rep)
  • Janelle Esprit (OIE Student Rep)
  • Geoffrey Gilmore, AVP, Student Academic Support Services, Student Affairs (SS&R Rep)
  • Sharon Hamill, Academic Senate Chair & Professor of Psychology
  • Cheryl Landin, Decision Support Analyst, Institutional Planning & Analysis (Staff Rep)
  • Penny Lanese, Identity Management Account Technician, IITS (Staff Rep)
  • Lauren Magnuson, Head of Library Collections Management and Tech Services (Library Rep)
  • Alan Styles, Department Chair & Professor, Accounting (Faculty Rep)
  • John Tippeconnic, Lecturer, CHABSS American Indian Studies (Inclusive Excellence Advisory Council Rep)
  • Manuel Vargas, Professor of Education (UCC Rep)
  • Rika Yoshii, Professor, Computer Science and Information Systems (Faculty Rep) 

Ex-Officio Support

  • Margaret Chantung – Chief Communications Officer, University Communications
  • Regina Eisenbach – Dean, Academic Programs
  • Patricia Prado-Olmos – Chief Community Engagement Officer
  • Sarah Villarreal – Chief of Staff, Office of the President
  • Mark Norita – Associate Vice President, Facilities Development and Management
  • Lisa Medina – Director of Admissions & University Registrar

Administrative Support

  • Jessica Halsey, Operations Coordinator, Office of the President
  • Melinda Jones, Executive Aide, Community Relations University Engagement