Dr. Susan E. Borrego
A skilled educator, administrator and advocate with more than 30 years of experience as a leader in higher education, Dr. Susan E. Borrego serves as the interim president of California State University, Stanislaus. Effective Aug. 2, 2023, her appointment marks her return to the California State University system. She previously held senior administrative roles at CSU Dominguez Hills and CSU Monterey Bay.
A national voice for equity, leadership and student success, Dr. Borrego is recognized as a national expert and keynote speaker on access and inclusion as it relates to student success. She has published and presented on the topic over the past two decades, including a TEDx talk about privilege.
Dr. Borrego served as the chancellor and a professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, where she provided leadership during the Flint water crisis. She strategized with her team to develop a parallel narrative that continued to draw attention to the benefits of a UM-Flint education. During her tenure, she created 12 new academic programs, increased retention and enhanced the student experience. She also led successful philanthropic efforts, which included the largest capital campaign in the university’s history, which raised $53 million over three years.
She earned a bachelor's degree in speech and communication from Northwest Nazarene College, a master's degree in social science from Azusa Pacific University and a doctorate in education from Claremont Graduate School. She recently served as a consultant/special assistant to the president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
Dr. Borrego’s research and consulting continue to focus on student learning and success; developing organizational capacity to serve underrepresented students and class issues; inclusion and diversity; high-achievement programs; faculty collaborations; LGBTQ+ issues; community and service learning; community outreach and involvement and leadership development.
She and her partner Dr. Mary Boyce are the parents of two adult children and have nine grandchildren.
Updated: September 21, 2023