Greg Saks is vice chancellor of the Division of External Relations and Communications at the California State University Chancellor’s Office. He serves as the key policy advisor to the chancellor and the CSU’s 23 university presidents in navigating immediate and emerging issues, as well as creating mid- and long-term strategies for communicating to key stakeholders and constituents the transformative impact of the CSU.
Saks has more than 30 years of leadership experience in higher education stakeholder engagement, philanthropic development, government advocacy and strategic communications.
Before joining the Chancellor’s Office, Saks served as vice president for University Advancement at California State University, Fullerton and was the executive director of the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation. Under his leadership, CSUF strategically elevated its marketing and brand position and developed an authentic outreach effort that grew its presence and built advocates throughout the state and beyond. He also led Cal State Fullerton’s first comprehensive campaign, raising more than $270 million.
Prior to CSUF, Saks served as vice president for University Advancement at California State University, Dominguez Hills. During his tenure, CSUDH expanded its alumni engagement and government and community relations activities, and fostered partnerships that resulted in 80% more philanthropic commitments and a growth in the university’s endowment of nearly 70%. Saks also served eight years at Pitzer College in leadership roles in alumni and parent relations as well as development; and he has held positions in student affairs and advancement at Baylor University and Cal Poly Pomona.
Saks earned his bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in communications from California State University, San Bernardino and his master’s degree in higher education administration from Ohio’s Miami University. He serves on several community boards, including the Orange County Business Council and the OC United to End Homelessness Leadership Council.