Appointment: VP for Student Affairs Christine Erickson

January 8, 2019

Announcing Dr. Christine Erickson as Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Campus Community,

VP for Student Affairs Christine EricksonI am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Christine Erickson as Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University, Stanislaus.

Dr. Erickson will join us, effective March 4, 2019, from Monterey Peninsula College, where she currently serves as Dean of Student Services. She is the Founding Dean of the Marina Education Center at the college.

Previously, Dr. Erickson served as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Cal State Monterey Bay. In the AVP role, Dr. Erickson had responsibility for all the co-curricular departments and programs and division-wide strategic planning. Dr. Erickson enjoyed teaching a freshman seminar course for five years at Cal State San Bernardino and served as faculty for two years for a national women’s leadership institute. After earning her certification through the National Multicultural Institute in Washington D.C., she served as a Certified Diversity Trainer. Dr. Erickson is also certified as an instructor for women’s basic self-defense through Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems, Inc. and volunteers her time as one of only a handful of civilian instructors teaching alongside sworn peace officers.

Dr. Erickson is committed to the access-driven mission of the California State University System. As a first-generation college student, she completed a BA in Psychology, a BA in Human Services, and an MA in Education, Counseling Option, from Cal State San Bernardino. Dr. Erickson earned her Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation topic was “Racial and ethnic pluralities at the California State University: Strategies for student success.” She is a strategic leader dedicated to access and student success, and throughout her 25-year career in higher education, she has facilitated bridge-building between academic and student affairs to create seamless curricular and co-curricular living and learning environments that foster student success.

Dr. Erickson states, “I am delighted to be joining Stan State at such an exciting time. Stan State is poised to greatly improve student success and to positively impact the Central Valley and the State of California with regard to both access and completion. The people and programs in Student Affairs provide the cornerstone of community and create the sense of place essential to a holistic approach to student retention and success. Additionally, I share President Junn’s and Stan State’s commitment to the diversity of the student body and I am eager to graciously include student voices as we contribute to meeting the objectives of the ambitious strategic plan and the Graduation Initiative 2025.”

I would like to especially thank the search committee (Julie Johnson – chair, AnaMarie Guichard, Scott Hennes, Maria Marquez, Miguel Pulido, Ann Strahm, for their diligent work during this extensive national search.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Erickson to her new role at Stanislaus State. We will host a welcome reception for the campus community to meet and greet her upon her arrival, so stay tuned for additional details. Go Warriors!


Ellen Junn, Ph.D.