Cal State San Marcos has identified the fourth president in the university’s history, and it’s someone whose educational values hew closely to those held dear by her predecessor. The California State University Board of Trustees announced in March the appointment of Dr. Ellen J. Neufeldt as the new president of CSUSM. Neufeldt, who currently serves as vice president of student engagement and enrollment services for Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., will start at CSUSM in July.
She’s taking over for Dr. Karen Haynes, who announced last fall that she would be retiring in June. Haynes has led CSUSM since 2004, making her the longest-tenured president in the CSU system.
“It’s such an honor to have been selected the next president,” Neufeldt said. “There is such a positive trajectory to move forward from together and so much pride in what’s already happened in San Marcos. I’m thrilled to be someone who can lead the university on the next chapter of the journey.”
Neufeldt will see her new home up close and personal this week when she visits campus for the first time as incoming president. She will be at CSUSM on Thursday and Friday, and her visit will include a forum on Thursday at noon at The Sports Center that’s open to the campus community.
Neufeldt said she was naturally drawn to the opening at CSUSM, mentioning that the “heart of my career” has been about student access and success as well as community engagement. Before her stint at Old Dominion, where she has worked since 2011, Neufeldt was vice president of student affairs at Salisbury University in Maryland and assistant vice chancellor for student development and dean of student life at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Like CSUSM, Old Dominion is a minority-serving institution that features a high population of first-generation and military-affiliated students. …