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Gregory Saks Named VP for University Advancement

CSU Alumnus Has Long Been an Enthusiastic Champion of Public Higher Education

Dec. 11, 2012

Gregory J. Saks, vice president for university advancement at Cal State Dominguez Hills, has been named to the same post at Cal State Fullerton.

CSUF President Mildred García today announced that Saks, who has more than 15 years of experience in developing and implementing comprehensive fundraising programs for both public and private universities, will join Cal State Fullerton as vice president for university advancement in the new year, before the spring semester begins on Jan. 24.

"His wide range of experience and advanced skill set will help us continue advancing the University for many years to come,” President García said upon announcing his appointment to the campus.

"I know that he will be a strong colleague for all of us at Cal State Fullerton, as he is deeply committed to the mission, student success, and supporting faculty and staff."

Saks will lead the division responsible for alumni relations, fundraising, government relations, major events and communications. In addition, he will provide leadership for the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation as its executive director.

"You can't live in Southern California or work in the CSU without becoming aware of Cal State Fullerton's remarkable achievements, and I very much look forward to joining the Titan family," said Saks. "The University's current strengths and past accomplishments provide a solid foundation for continued growth and development, and ideally position us to enhance relationships and connections with our many alumni, friends and external partners."

During his tenure as vice president at Dominguez Hills since 2007, gift receipts grew by 157 percent, and the CSUDH endowment increased 68 percent. In addition, his restructuring of the CSU Dominguez Hills Alumni Association and Alumni Fund resulted in greater engagement of alumni and a 496 percent increase in membership.

Prior to his 2006 appointment at Dominguez Hills as associate vice president for development, Saks spent eight years at Pitzer College as executive director of development and director of alumni and parent relations. Previously, he held positions at Cal Poly Pomona, Baylor University and Miami University in Ohio.

Saks, who lives in Orange County, holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from Miami University and bachelor’s degree in history from Cal State San Bernardino.

In the community, Saks is a board member of the Leadership Council for the South Los Angeles County chapter of the American Cancer Society, board member and chair of the Workforce Development Committee of the Torrance Chamber of Commerce, board member for Schools Federal Credit Union and an advisory board member of the Carson High School Global Business Academy.

Bill Barrett, interim vice president for administration and finance/CFO, chaired the 10-member search committee that recommended Saks’ appointment following a national search.

Saks succeeds Theresa Mendoza, senior advisor of campus advancement for the CSU, who had been serving as interim vice president since July.

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