Vice President of University Advancement at California State University Northridge
Robert Gunsalus, CSUN’s Vice President for University Advancement, is a veteran university administrator with nearly 20 years of higher education and leadership experience. He is responsible for overseeing Alumni Relations, Fundraising, Government and Community Relations, and Marketing and Communications. He also serves as president of the California State University, Northridge Foundation.
Before coming to CSUN, Gunsalus was vice president for university relations at Santa Clara University. At Santa Clara, he led the institution’s fundraising, marketing and outreach efforts, more than doubling the total gift commitments to the university from $23 million to $47 million and set records for the number of alumni donors.
Before going to Santa Clara, Gunsalus served as Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Advancement Foundation at Humboldt State University, where he helped to transform the institution’s advancement efforts. Prior to that, he served as Associate Vice President for University Advancement at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and Executive Director of Development at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash.
Gunsalus received his doctorate in political science, with minors in higher education administration and political theory, from Purdue University, a master’s in political science from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in theology from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He has served as an instructor at Humboldt State, Purdue, Oklahoma Wesleyan and Indiana Wesleyan universities.