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Chief Diversity Officer Search

California State University San Marcos has launched a national search for a Chief Diversity Officer. The Chief Diversity Officer is a senior-level management position that reports directly to the president and will serve on University Cabinet and the President’s Administrative Team.

The Search Process

CSUSM’s Chief Diversity Officer Search Committee has been charged with bringing forward a diverse pool of promising candidates. Working with executive search consultant Isaacson-Miller, the committee will assess the candidates and select the semi-finalists. For each of the semi-finalists and finalists, the committee will provide feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate to inform the president’s hiring decision.

Share Your Feedback

We welcome your feedback and encourage you to provide your comments so that we can have a more complete understanding of the shared vision of our new Chief Diversity Officer. This is also an opportunity for you to provide suggestions of prospective candidates. Please fill out the following survey by December 4.

CSUSM Chief Diversity Officer Search Survey

The Search Committee

  • Lorena Checa, Vice President of Student Affairs (Chair)

  • Ranjeeta Basu, Interim Chief Diversity Officer

  • Janelle Espirit, Student Assistant, Office of Inclusive Excellence (Student Representative)

  • Michael Garrett, President, ASI (Student Representative)

  • John Rawlins III, Director, Black Student Center (Office of Inclusive Excellence Representative)

  • Rebecca Perren, Assistant Professor, Marketing (Faculty Representative)

  • Joely Proudfit, Department Chair and Professor, American Indian Studies (Faculty Representative)

  • Laurie Orr, Counselor, ACE Scholars Services (Staff Representative)

  • Arun Sethuraman, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences (OIE Workgroup #1 Representative)

  • Margaret Chantung, Chief Communications Officer (Admin Support)           


Potential applicants may find more information about the search and may apply for this position on the Issacson Miller website.

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