For the past 31 years, as she served in teaching and leadership positions at five California State University campuses, Ellen Junn constantly displayed a gift for helping non-traditional students succeed — one of the many qualities that will serve her well as the 11th president of California State University, Stanislaus.
Junn, 58, most recently the provost and vice president for academic affairs at CSU Dominguez Hills, began a new leg of her journey at Stanislaus State on July 1. She succeeded Joseph F. Sheley, who retired June 30.
“Under the leadership of President Sheley, Stanislaus State has become an academic powerhouse in the Central Valley, providing students with a transformative educational experience and the region’s employers with job-ready graduates,” Junn said. “I’ve been looking forward to coming back to the Central Valley and am honored to have the opportunity to work alongside the many dedicated faculty and staff who guide students along that journey and prepare them for achievements beyond the classroom.”
Prior to her position at Dominguez Hills, Junn was the chief academic officer at San José State, served as associate provost at Fresno State and held various leadership positions at Cal State Fullerton.
“As a higher education veteran who has held leadership positions at multiple CSU campuses, Dr. Junn is an accomplished and visionary leader who understands the importance of partnering with faculty, the campus community and external stakeholders to bolster educational opportunities for students," said CSU Trustee Hugo N. Morales, who served as the chair of the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President.
Junn said she relished her return to the Central Valley for several reasons, most notably that she sees the region on the cusp of becoming an economic powerhouse with Stan State in position to be a catalyst for development.
“The Central Valley has been largely ignored, but it has the most vibrant potential,” she said. “Let’s prepare now for the future of the Central Valley and make it a brighter, sustainable future.”
Junn is widely published and has written professional journal articles on topics such as supporting the success of underserved students, the importance of university-community engagement, and strategies for supporting non-tenure track faculty, especially women and minorities.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in experimental and cognitive psychology from the University of Michigan, where she graduated cum laude. She earned both a master’s and Ph.D. in cognitive and developmental psychology from Princeton University. In addition, she holds a Management Development Program Certificate from Harvard University, and a CSU-Knight Collaborative Program Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Institute for Research in Higher Education.