Founded in 2002, California State University Channel Islands is the youngest of 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system. Located on approximately 1,200 acres midway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in Camarillo, California, CSU Channel Islands is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural, and international perspectives, as well as its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CSU Channel Islands supports more than 30 academic programs, 26 undergraduate majors, 37 minors, seven master’s programs, and one doctoral program. Enrolling over 7,000 students in fall 2019, both graduates and undergraduates, CSU Channel Islands is designated as an Hispanic-serving institution and is represented by 51.6 percent Hispanic/Latino students, 54.1 percent historically underrepresented groups, 59 percent first generation college attendees, and 64 percent female students. Additionally, CSU Channel Islands maintains a 22:1 student/faculty ratio, sponsors 78 clubs and organizations, and hosts 300+ campus events annually, with 1,550 students living on campus and 100+ in living-learning or themed communities. Annual spending related to CSU Channel Islands generates a total impact of $114.4 million on the regional economy, and nearly $240.5 million on the statewide economy. The institution has currently achieved approximately one-third of its projected enrollment growth, with a master planned buildout at 15,000. The entire Southern California region is forecasting a growing enrollment trend, which differs greatly from much of the rest of the country, where enrollment is declining. There are just over 1.3 million gross square feet of space on campus, with 44 named buildings currently on record. Over the next four years, the campus has over $350 million in the capital construction queue.

The Position


Serving as the senior facilities administrator at CSU Channel Islands and reporting to the vice president for business and financial affairs, the assistant vice president (AVP) for facilities services leads and directs the strategic operational and developmental planning of all campus facilities to support the mission and forecasted enrollment growth of the University. The AVP provides vision and leadership for Facilities Services, which includes the following departments: Administrative Services; Operations; Facilities Support; Engineering Services; Logistical Services; and Planning, Design & Construction. The AVP plays an active role in campus master planning, promoting and advancing the University’s strong commitment to environmental sustainability, and oversees the successful operation, maintenance, and development of the University’s physical plant. The AVP plays a key role in establishing and directing the strategic goals of the department, ensures operational objectives are achieved, engages collaboratively with campus administration and the campus community to provide superior customer-focused services, and collaboratively oversees the multi-year capital outlay program. Additionally, the AVP recommends and implements policies and procedures; manages all design, engineering, and construction activities, including budgetary management, scheduling, safety, reliability, and functional performance of all construction-related projects; assumes responsibility for the management, effective use, and functional performance of all utility equipment and energy at the University; collaboratively develops and manages the Department’s annual operating and capital budgets; and ensures that the University’s grounds and buildings are well-maintained in a sustainable manner and are aesthetically appealing to students, faculty, staff, and visitors (to include a multi-year grounds enhancement program).

In partnership with the Environmental Health and Safety Department, the AVP assumes responsibility for environmental health and workplace safety at the University, overseeing coordination and technical assistance for compliance with hazardous waste management and disposal, hazard identification and abatement, code compliance, ADA compliance, and other health and safety matters. The AVP also leads efforts to achieve greater energy efficiencies in all facilities operations, developing strategies to obtain the greatest economies in energy purchases, directing efforts to attain increasingly high conformance to LEED standards, and promoting responsible and productive sustainability efforts in all facilities activities. The AVP effectively manages a departmental staff of 117 in a unionized environment, which includes five direct reports, and administers an operating budget of $6.3 million.


The assistant vice president (AVP) for facilities services position is currently occupied by an interim appointee, who had previously been serving as the executive director of engineering services at CSU Channel Islands. The interim AVP was appointed in September, 2018, when the prior incumbent left the position. The prior incumbent had served in the position of assistant vice president for facilities since October, 2016, when he was promoted from the position of director of planning, design, and construction. The prior incumbent left CSUCI for a position at UCLA.


The new assistant vice president for facilities services must possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices with regard to the latest facilities services trends and innovations, change management, comprehensive collaboration, and strategic visioning in a multifaceted setting on a young and vibrant university campus. The AVP should be an experienced and energetic leader capable of managing complex situations, unwaveringly committed to cooperation and partnering at the highest level, possessing a deep understanding of professional and transparent communication principles, and equipped to contribute at both a strategic and operational level at all times.

It is essential to identify a competent and visionary individual who can promote and develop the union and non-union staff in the department, set and implement strategic priorities, implement sound business practices, and work in tandem with the vice president for business and financial affairs (CFO) and the other members of the administration to progressively, innovatively, and comprehensively move the program and the institution forward. The following were identified as possible opportunities, priorities, and challenges that will face the new assistant vice president for facilities services at California State University Channel Islands:

  • Even though the campus is officially only 17 years old, there is extreme growth occurring in both the student population and the capital project slate. Having only become a CSU member university in 2002, California State University Channel Islands is still in the process of creating its identity and developing its policies, procedures, and guidelines to govern the many important systems that guide the institution. With this expansive growth, along with the capital projects currently on the schedule and under consideration over the next five to ten years totaling approximately half a billion dollars, there is a great opportunity for the successful candidate to put their own professional mark on Facilities Services and the institution at large, to have a strong say in the establishment of the overall systems and governance related to Facilities Services, and to build a career legacy over the course of the implementation of the current plans and the development of future plans. To do so, the AVP will be expected to bring energy, vibrancy, urgency and a robust work ethic to the position, while working in conjunction with others across the campus to bring the capital projects to life, build a strong and cohesive professional team, and establish the solid protocols necessary to continue the growth process into the future.
  • It will be essential that the new assistant vice president commit to a comprehensive culture of collaboration and partnering across campus for maximum effectiveness. CSU Channel Islands is committed to building strong, healthy, and mutually supportive relationships as a foundation of the campus culture, and strong collaboration is an absolute necessity in all endeavors to ensure success. The AVP’s purview will touch a great number of students, faculty, administration, departments, and community members across the institution, so it will be crucial that the successful candidate quickly reach out across each of these areas to build solid and mutually beneficial relationships that foster ongoing positive interactions. These connections are absolutely essential in order to assess the real needs of constituents, provide exceptional customer service for the campus community, and ensure that CSU Channel Islands is on the cutting edge of technology, facilities, and physical plant going forward.
  • Alongside collaboration, strong communication is also extremely important, as there are a great number of entities across the University with which the new AVP will need to interact on a daily basis. Transparency, clarity, and honesty in all communications must be encouraged and embraced as the AVP seeks to establish the collaborative partnerships mentioned above. By communicating above and beyond the norm, the AVP can get ahead of any potential issues and work together with campus constituents to ensure facilities services needs are met efficiently and effectively at all times. Internally, communication among and between the members of the AVP’s various departments is also essential, as the goals and responsibilities of the staff are intricately interconnected; in order to serve the campus as effectively as possible, it is essential for staff to be informed and knowledgeable at all times.
  • The scope of responsibilities of this department is vast and expectations are high, so the new AVP will need to quickly become familiar with all aspects under their purview in order to develop a comprehensive list of priorities. Facilities Services has an extremely wide scope of responsibility for ensuring the living and learning environment for the students at CSU Channel Islands is clean, functional, and in good working order. The AVP will need to undertake, after an appropriate acclimation period, a comprehensive “listening tour” to discover both the nature and breadth of the areas for which they are responsible, as well as the needs and desires of campus stakeholders and then subsequently develop an inclusive list of immediate and long-term priorities across the department. Understanding that the operations of Facilities Services is a 24/7 endeavor, given the student population growth, implementing this service-oriented approach will be critical for the AVP’s success.
  • There will be a new director of planning, design, and construction coming on board at CSU Channel Islands soon. The two individuals will need to work closely together in implementing the massive building campaign that is slated over the next few years. There are already a number of solid construction projects on the schedule, including a childcare center; construction of a multi-use facility that will include academic classrooms, housing, and a performance theater; and Gateway Hall, which will essentially serve as the “front door” of the university and contain various student services such as Admissions, a welcome center, a one-stop shop, academic classrooms, and other mixed use. With these and other projects that will be developed over time, there is tremendous support from the president, vice president for business and financial affairs, and others in the administration for the AVP to work closely with the new director of planning, design, and construction to develop, implement, and manage this dynamic and forward-thinking array of projects. As priorities are developed and new opportunities are introduced, the AVP and director should be prepared to invest time, energy, and a great sense of urgency in ensuring time schedules are met, delays are minimized, and projects are fully implemented as directed. In the past, these projects have been linear in nature, but with the rapid growth and development at CSU Channel Islands, there is an exciting array of simultaneously large projects for the foreseeable future; to accomplish this, the AVP must guide and support the director in the formulation of a new Master Plan to guide the institution into the future.
  • CSU Channel Island’s geographic location near the coast of Southern California is extremely inviting, with a year-round temperate climate and easy access to Los Angeles and the surrounding amenities. The campus environment is both serene and aesthetically pleasing, providing a very comfortable atmosphere in which to work. Camarillo, California, in which CSU Channel Islands is located, is a smaller, more affordable community with a population of approximately 68,000 and an eclectic assortment of culture, dining, recreation, and other activities for any tastes. On campus, stakeholders reiterated that they liked working at CSU Channel Islands, are very supportive of each other, enjoy the vibrancy and feel of the “young” university, feel much collegiality and support, enjoy improving the lives of the students, and believe that there are many opportunities to make a tremendous difference in the director role as the institution grows.
  • The new AVP should bring a sense of camaraderie and collegiality to the position, serving as a “connector” and “face” of Facilities Services in all instances. Working together with other leadership and in conjunction with various staff within Facilities Services, the AVP should be a positive force and morale booster for the department, while also being able to make data-driven decisions that are in the best interest of CSU Channel Islands at all times. The AVP should be willing to listen carefully to staff in an effort to understand their concerns, discern their strengths, comprehend their jobs, and engage each appropriately.
  • The assistant vice president will connect with and work closely with the individuals in the same or similar positions situated at the State level and located in the Chancellor’s Office. It will be essential to ensure that all CSU Channel Island projects are integrated into the larger system environment, that communication and collaboration are robust at all times between the two, and that there is a solid professional working relationship between the AVP and their counterparts at the Chancellor’s Office.
  • The work force within Facilities Services is heavily union-oriented, so the new assistant vice president will need to have a demonstrated understanding of effectively working with this population alongside the non-union staff.


At an appropriate interval after joining CSU Channel Islands, the items listed below will initially define success for the new assistant vice president for facilities services:

  • Current projects are on track and being completed in a timely manner, timelines are being formed and adhered to, and new projects and strategic initiatives are in planning or underway.
  • Systems and processes are becoming more efficient and new technologies are in place or in process.
  • The Facilities Services staff is working together cohesively as a team, morale is high and rising, staff vacancies are being filled as quickly as possible, the AVP is consistently available and willing to listen to staff, and professional development opportunities are abundant.
  • Communication from the department is timely, robust, and transparent, both internally and to campus constituents.
  • Strong relationships have been established, both internally and externally, especially with the academic and administrative departments, faculty, students, and the upper administration.
  • Responsiveness to requests and issues is judicious, proactive, and consistent, as evidenced by satisfaction surveys.


The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, planning, or a related field (advanced degree preferred); a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional and administrative experience in the field is required, including at least seven years in a senior level leadership role in a large and complex Facilities Department. Demonstrated experience with capital planning and construction, supervising and motivating staff, preventative maintenance, collective bargaining, and budget controls is required. The successful candidate will possess excellent communications skills in all media, as well as a tactful, collegial management style. Successful completion of multiple, large-scale capital projects, a background in higher education facilities management and planning, demonstrated experience building and sustaining a high performing, service-focused organization, and experience with strategic planning are highly desirable.

Additionally, the successful candidate should possess the ability to lead a large service department in exemplary customer service; manage a large and diverse workforce in a collective bargaining environment; understand large and complex facilities and their administrative, maintenance, and construction operations, including HVAC, electrical utility systems, and energy management programs; define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions, and deal with multiple abstract and concrete variables; comply with reporting requirements for construction management policy and procedures, as well as financial reporting; develop and monitor metrics to ensure the organization is operating efficiently and serving campus needs while meeting budgetary parameters; and effectively respond to the needs of a growing university.

In addition to the minimum academic and experiential requirements indicated above, other desired characteristics, skills, actions, and/or abilities noted from discussions with campus stakeholders include the following:

  • a broad and deep understanding and knowledge base around facilities services, physical plant, and related environments, with special emphasis given to the higher education or closely related setting;
  • mechanical and/or electrical engineering experience, along with an MBA or business degree, are highly desirable;
  • strong leadership, integrity, and organizational development abilities that inspire and develop others, promoting unity and teamwork throughout the department;
  • a sense of urgency around decision-making, deadlines, and planning priorities;
  • the ability to be an activator who can quickly and effectively formulate plans, implement these plans, and subsequently obtain results;
  • an excellent and transparent communicator, with the ability to reach all levels of the University and to effectively speak to students, faculty, staff, cabinet members, and the community;
  • a strong commitment to cultivating collaborative relationships and building partnerships across all levels of the institution and the surrounding community;
  • the ability to make difficult decisions when necessary, to conduct challenging conversations when pertinent, to listen to all sides of an issue, to mediate disputes when necessary, to adapt to significant changes on the spur of the moment without being reactive, and to remain “cool under pressure” no matter the situation;
  • a deep understanding of and experience in the representative (union) environment will be highly preferable, as many employees within Facilities Services are a part of a union;
  • maintenance and capital project experience, with an understanding of how to maintain facilities effectively once they are built;
  • possess and exhibit integrity at all times;
  • strong assessment skills, with the ability to notice detail, make data-driven decisions that are easily communicated, set expectations, devise and fully implement plans, analyze the results, and propose further systematic changes and updates based on these outcomes;
  • an acute business acumen and strong grasp of budget and finance;
  • a systems or systematic mindset, which includes a proactive approach to the job, the ability to take initiative and identify areas that are lacking, and provide solutions that are systematic in nature;
  • strategic vision and the ability to proactively motivate all levels of staff to support that vision;
  • the ability to listen actively and carefully, ask knowledgeable questions, learn the University and its priorities, accept input from all levels of the institutional community, and then make well-informed decisions;
  • the ability to interpret communications that emanate from the state legislature and the ability to translate this information into a compelling story that can justify requests for resources;
  • strong technology skills, understanding the value and importance of technology in a 21st century world;
  • a creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial spirit, with the ability to determine needs, address issues, and manage change effectively;
  • a deep understanding of best practices and current trends in facilities services and physical plant;
  • charisma and energy, with the ability to “move the needle,” encourage and develop trust, and convince others to follow their lead;
  • political savvy, with the ability to interact effectively with all levels of the University and community environments;
  • approachability and availability;
  • experience in large and expansive building projects is highly preferable;
  • adaptability and flexibility;
  • knowledge of the California State University system or other complex state university system is highly desirable;
  • experience in fundraising and the professional presence to interact with high end donors, as well as the ability to think outside the box in regard to alternative forms of revenue;
  • timeliness and exceptional follow up, with the ability to manage time wisely at all times;
  • involvement in professional associations and the ability to obtain professional development as well as provide opportunities for staff to do the same; and
  • a strong commitment to sustainability.


An Overview of the Division of Business & Financial Affairs


We support the University’s academic mission by transforming the delivery of quality services to support the campus through continuous improvement.


We are the recognized leader for the delivery of outstanding services.


  • Teamwork
  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Fun


  • We provide responsive service that is quantitative and reflects value.
  • We facilitate innovative and sustainable solutions to solve complex problems.
  • We ensure the safety of our community.


Improve Operational Excellence

  • Improve customer service
  • Support growth
  • Share expertise and services
  • Collaborate with partners to achieve operational excellence

Attract and Retain a Diverse and Talented Staff

  • Support inclusive excellence
  • Create operations manuals
  • Offer robust development opportunities
  • Community building
  • Support succession planning

Enhance Resources and Diversify Revenue Streams

  • Improve and document business processes
  • Implement on-line, web-based, self-service solutions
  • Improve reporting
  • Foster entrepreneurship

Enrich Communication

  • Improve websites
  • Increase the variety of communication tools
  • Actively listen to customers as a driver to improve


  • Human Resources Programs
  • Facilities Services
  • Public Safety
  • Financial Services
  • Budget & Planning
  • Title IX & Inclusion
  • The Clery Act
  • Internal Audit
  • Policies & Administrative Detail

Leadership of the Division of Business & Financial Affairs

Ysabel Trinidad – Vice President for Business & Financial Affairs

Ysabel Trinidad joined CSU Channel Islands in December 2011 as the vice president for business & financial affairs. She previously served as the vice chancellor for administrative services at the University of Washington Tacoma. Prior to that time, she spent 12 years at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Ysabel holds a BS, Magna Cum Laude, in Business Administration from CSU Fresno and an MBA from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio.

Organizational Chart for the Division of Business and Financial Affairs

An Overview of Facilities Services


Facilities Services designs, constructs, and maintains campus facilities and infrastructure in a sustainable manner to facilitate the pursuit of higher education and student success.

Facilities Services Departments

Administrative Services

The primary goal of the Facilities Services Work Center is being the liaison between the Channel Islands(CI) campus community and Facilities Services Department, providing an optimum learning, teaching, research, and working environment for all students, faculty and staff within the campus community.

Facilities Services maintains the integrity and appearance of all buildings, equipment, and infrastructure at California State University Channel Islands. To assist in this effort, Facilities Services utilizes a web-based program called Web Works (Azzier), which is CI’s resource for submitting work order/key and code requests, event requests, and work order estimate requests. The Facilities Services Work Center is the first point of contact for building maintenance requests, key/code requests, automobile repairs, grounds and custodial maintenance, etc. The campus community submits work order requests and/or contacts the Facilities Services Work Center, where staff will then process and respond to the request and will then distribute the work orders to the appropriate shop/department for action. Many of these requests include campus repairs, landscaping, and cleaning services and many other services that help maintain an exceptional physical environment for students to learn and grow.

Engineering Services

Engineering Services oversees energy and efficiency related issues, including sustainability, facilities control, and other services requiring an engineer’s perspective.

Facilities Support

Facilities Support is comprised of Landscaping (Grounds) and Custodial. Landscaping and Custodial work together to maintain the campus grounds, provide custodial services, and facilitate set-up and clean-up for internal and external campus events. Our mission is to provide optimum service in favor of maintaining the campus without interfering with the daily activities occurring on campus. Landscaping and Custodial are devoted to ensuring the campus looks its best in order to support student, staff, and community involvement.

The staff consists of grounds workers, laborers, and custodians who are responsible for maintaining the pleasant appearance of the campus, as well as being dedicated to creating a clean and healthy environment for the CSUCI community.

Logistical Services

Logistical Services, which is comprised of Mail Services, Shipping and Receiving, Asset Management and Property, and Maintenance Stores, is responsible for the movement of material on and off the campus, including delivery of intercampus, United States Postal Service, inbound and outbound mail. This also includes receiving and shipping all packages that go through common carriers such as UPS and FedEx.


Operations is charged with the physical operation and maintenance to include routine work necessary to keep state-supported facilities, infrastructure, roads, and grounds in good repair, appearance, and operating condition.

The work includes maintaining, operating, and repairing utility systems (electricity, water, gas, sewer, heat, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, and elevators). It also includes sustaining and repairing basic components of campus buildings and grounds (foundations, walls, roofs, stairs, ceilings, flooring systems, doors, windows, wall coverings, hardware, sidewalks, and streets) along with maintaining the campus motor fleet.

The skilled trades staff include plumbers, engineers, electricians, carpenters, painters, locksmiths, and auto mechanics.

Planning, Design & Construction

Planning, Design & Construction (PDC) oversees all planning, design, and construction for new and existing buildings around the CSU Channel Islands campus. The department’s mission is to plan and design aesthetically-pleasing, sustainable, and functional buildings; complete projects on schedule and under budget; and ensure that there is minimal impact from construction activities so that the campus community can remain engaged in its primary mission—teaching and learning.

The staff is responsible for designing and constructing buildings to achieve the highest possible quality for the facilities of CSU Channel Islands. PDC is committed in all aspects to creating and maintaining excellent campus facilities for the entire campus community.

Facilities Services Organizational Chart

Institution & Location


Institutional Background/History

Student-centered. Innovative. Creative. Since opening its doors in 2002, that is the kind of education California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) has striven to provide.

Its history reflects that it is destined to be a campus of innovation. As the youngest of the 23 CSU campuses, CSUCI has an energy and vibrancy that is felt everywhere on campus. From the start, CSUCI has offered integrative courses and programs that emphasize real-world experiences and service learning.


CSUCI received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) may be youthful, but it is rich in tradition.

CSUCI honors the history and culture of the land where the campus is situated through:

  • Its colors: red and silver—red to be consistent with the tradition of the region and silver for the mascot, the dolphin.
  • Its mascot: to honor the heritage and culture of the Chumash Indians, CSUCI chose the tribe’s cherished dolphin as its mascot.
  • Its commencement: the inaugural commencement ceremony in 2003 launched traditions, such as:
    • Sounding of a conch shell by a Chumash elder signals the recognition of building on the knowledge base of the indigenous people who first inhabited this area.
    • Striking a ship’s bell by an honored staff member, loaned by Naval Base Ventura County, to signal the beginning of the ceremonies.
    • Carrying the Light of Learning by an honorary marshal, to symbolize the University’s commitment to a life of the mind and the central role played by the outstanding faculty.
    • Welcome in multiple languages, signifying CSUCI’s commitment to graduating students with multicultural and international perspectives.
    • Passing through an arch, symbolizing graduates entering a new phase of life.
    • Carrying the CSUCI mace, which was carved from native walnut by local artists. Two dolphins dancing on waves, honoring the Chumash crossing the Rainbow Bridge to get to the mainland, top the mace.
    • Peeling of the carillon bells from the Bell Tower, the centerpiece of campus, after the final degree is awarded.
  • Its alma mater: the campus continues to celebrate CSUCI through song every day at 11:55am.

Visit a timeline for the history of CSUCI:

University Mission

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

Institutional Mission-Based Learning Outcomes

CI graduates will possess an education of sufficient breadth and depth to appreciate and interpret the natural, social, and aesthetic worlds and to address the highly complex issues facing societies. Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the modern world and issues facing societies from multiple perspectives including those within and across disciplines, cultures, and nations (when appropriate).
  • Analyze issues, and develop and convey to others solutions to problems using the methodologies, tools, and techniques of an academic discipline.

University Strategic Plan

California State University Channel Islands aspires to be recognized nationally as a leader in providing equitable, affordable, and transformative education that enables social and economic mobility for its diverse student population.

The Strategic Initiatives for 2018-23 are a result of recommendations from the Strategic Initiative Steering Committee and subcommittees, numerous open forums, two World Cafés, feedback from the President’s White Paper, and information garnered through the campus listening tour.

These initiatives are categorized within four key areas: Educational Excellence, Student Success, Inclusive Excellence, and Capacity & Sustainability. They will advance our commitment to our students and the community we serve.

To read more about the president’s strategic initiatives:


Dr. Erika D. Beck – President

Erika D. Beck began her tenure as president of California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) in August 2016. Prior to her appointment she served as provost and executive vice president at Nevada State College.

President Beck is dedicated to furthering CSUCI’s vision of becoming recognized nationally as a leader in providing equitable, affordable, and transformative education that enables social and economic mobility for its diverse student population.

She is also deeply committed to the community and sits on the Ventura P-20 Council and the Santa Barbara Zoo Board of Directors. She is an honorary board member of the Gold Coast Veterans Foundation.

A native Californian, President Beck holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego; an MA in Psychology from San Diego State University; and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, where she also served as a faculty fellow. A former research associate at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, she has conducted research in the areas of developmental psychopathology and cognitive neuroscience. In addition to her formal education, she is actively engaged in the national dialogue regarding inclusive excellence and the use of data to improve student learning outcomes.

She was selected as a Woman of the Year by the California Women’s Caucus, one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times, a Woman of Distinction in Education by the National Association of Women in Business Leaders, and as a Top Female Business Leader in Education by the Las Vegas Business Press.

A devoted mother of two young boys, President Beck enjoys running, yoga, and perpetual conversations with her children about how many more minutes until “we get there.”

Dr. Elizabeth A. Say – Interim Provost

Elizabeth A. Say is the interim provost at California State University Channel Islands and has spent most of her professional career in the California State University System. Prior to joining CSUCI, she was the dean of the College of Humanities at Cal State Northridge. As dean, she provided leadership to a faculty and staff of almost 400 persons in eight departments as well as six interdisciplinary programs.

Previously, Say was the associate dean of Humanities (2001–2004), professor and founding chair of the Department of Women’s Studies (1998–2001), and a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies (1989–1998). An alumna of CSUN, she received her BA in English and Religious Studies in 1981, and her PhD in Religious Social Ethics at USC in 1988.

Her research and publications are in the areas of women and religion, ethics, and academic administration. Her most recent publication is a co-edited collection titled The History and Future of Liberal Arts Education: From the Desk of the Dean. She has held leadership roles in the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Religion, the National Women’s Studies Association, and the Western Commission on the Study of Religion.

Academic Programs and Faculty

Innovative. Student-centered. That’s CSUCI. All of the more than 30 academic programs at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) are student-centered, innovative, and creative. Students will be inspired to question, think critically, and explore. The professors are accessible mentors who take an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning—whether students are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or certification—to advance their careers.

Majors: 26
Minors: 26

Faculty & Staff

  • Total Faculty (fall 2019): 492
  • Tenure Track: 162
  • Lecturers: 330
  • Staff: 536

The Student Body

Total Enrollment: 7,093 (as of fall 2019)

Undergraduate students: 6,860

Graduate & Post-Bac students: 233

Females: 4,611 or 65%

Males: 2,480 or 35%


Camarillo is a city in Ventura County in the state of California. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 65,201, an increase of 8,117 from the 57,084 counted in the 2000 Census. The Ventura Freeway (U.S. Route 101) is the city’s primary thoroughfare. Camarillo is named for Adolfo and Juan Camarillo, two of the few Californios (pre-1848 California natives of Hispanic ancestry) to preserve the city’s heritage after the arrival of Anglo settlers. The railroad coast route came through in 1898 and built a station here. Adolfo Camarillo eventually employed 700 workers growing mainly lima beans. Walnuts and citrus were also grown on the ranch. Adolfo bred Camarillo White Horses in the 1920s through the 1960s and was well known for riding them, dressed in colorful Spanish attire, in parades such as the Fiesta of Santa Barbara.

The city grew slowly prior to World War II, but the war effort saw the construction of the Oxnard Army Air Field (later Oxnard Air Force Base in 1951, now Camarillo Airport) to the west of town. The community also grew as the new base, along with nearby Naval Air Station Point Mugu and a Seabee base at Port Hueneme brought many workers and their families to the area. The grounds of Camarillo State Hospital, which opened in 1936 south of town, are now the campus of California State University Channel Islands.

To learn more about Camarillo:

Benefits Overview

CSUCI offers a wide variety of benefits for employees, including, among others:

  • Health plans
  • Vision and dental plans
  • Health care reimbursement account
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flex cash
  • Life insurance
  • Accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Legal assistance
  • Retirement plans
  • Disability and long term care
  • Fee waiver program

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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California State University Channel Island is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.