Erika D. Beck
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Erika D. Beck was appointed president of CSUN in October 2020.

Prior to her appointment to CSUN, she served as president of CSU Channel Islands for four years. While president of CSUCI, Beck championed the campus' vision to become a national leader in providing equitable, affordable and transformative education. CSUCI placed at the top of many recent national rankings including those issued by U.S. News & World Report, Money and Washington Monthly. The campus' four-year graduation rate for first-year students has also reached an all-time high and last year was recognized as one of nine institutions in the nation with the prestigious Seal of Excelencia for its accomplishments in facilitating Latinx student success.

She was also provost and Executive Vice President at Nevada State College (NSC), located in Henderson, Nevada for six years. In this role, Beck provided leadership for academic affairs, student affairs, enrollment management, institutional research and instructional technology.

During her tenure at NSC, Beck had the unique opportunity to build a campus from the ground up and helped to establish the first middle-tier public institution in the state of Nevada. As a founding faculty member, Beck played a pivotal role in developing NSC's strategic agenda, crafting the curriculum, building community relationships, and placing technology at the center of the academic community.

Through her leadership, NSC opened in 2002 with 177 students and rapidly expanded to more than 3,500 students 13 years later. A leader committed to inclusivity, NSC became a Minority Serving Institution, an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, and an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution during her tenure as Provost.

Beck's accomplishments have been recognized by the larger community as indicated by her selection as a Woman of Distinction in Education by the National Association of Women in Business Leaders in 2015 and as a Top Female Business Leader in Education by the Las Vegas Business Press in 2012.

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B.A., Psychology, University of California, San Diego
M.A., Psychology, San Diego State University
Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of California, San Diego​