Ellen J. Neufeldt
Ellen J. Neufeldt, the new president of Cal State San Marcos. Courtesy of the university

The California State University trustees announced Wednesday the appointment of Ellen J. Neufeldt as the fourth president of Cal State San Marcos.

Neufeldt, currently vice president of student engagement and enrollment services for Old Dominion University in Norfolk, succeeds Dr. Karen Haynes, who will retire in June after 16 years as president of the growing North County institution.

“I am thrilled about the opportunity to work with CSUSM’s exceptional faculty, staff and growing number of supporters to reach new levels of achievement for current and future students,” said Neufeldt. “There has been remarkable growth both on the campus and in the local community and the opportunity for additional growth still remains. This is an exciting time for the campus and the prospects are limitless.”

Prior to Old Dominion, Neufeldt served as vice president of student affairs at Salisbury University in Maryland and assistant vice chancellor for student development and dean of student life at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has a doctorate of education degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

“Dr. Neufeldt has been a visionary leader who has demonstrated a commitment to student success throughout her career,” said CSU Trustee Jean Picker Firstenberg, chair of the search committee. “She brings a wealth of experience, and will serve as an inspirational leader on the campus and in the community.”

The 29-year-old institution now has 17,000 students and 2,000 employees. Neufeldt will begin her role there in July.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.