Vice President for University Advancement and President of the CSUN Foundation
Robert Gunsalus, CSUN’s Vice President for University Advancement, is a veteran university administrator with over 20 years of higher education and leadership experience. He is responsible for overseeing Government and Community Relations, Alumni Relations, Fundraising, and Marketing and Communications. He also serves as president of the California State University, Northridge Foundation, which is responsible for all philanthropic assets, and is overseen by a Board of Trustees. The Foundation Board also serves as the University’s primary external leadership group. He also oversees KCSN, a non-profit radio station serving greater Los Angeles, and serves on the advisory board for LACI@CSUN, an innovation and business incubator serving the San Fernando Valley and beyond, and is involved in numerous other civic and social organizations.
Before coming to CSUN, Gunsalus was Vice President for University Relations at Santa Clara University. At Santa Clara, he led the institution’s marketing and outreach efforts. He was also Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Advancement Foundation at Humboldt State University. 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 addition, he served as a legislative assistant with the U.S. House of Representatives and worked in various political organizations on the East Coast.
Gunsalus received his doctorate in political science, with minors in higher education administration and political theory and economics, 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.