"I am delighted to have Ms. Knudson as a member of the university's executive team," President Koester said. "We are fortunate to have someone with her background and experience at CSUN."
Knudson, the associate vice president for institutional advancement at Arizona State University in Tempe, said she is looking forward to coming to CSUN.
"I find this opportunity to be one of the most exciting in my career in terms of forwarding higher education," Knudson said. "I think the potential for linking CSUN with the community and truly making it an indispensable part of the surrounding area is exciting."
With Knudson's selection, President Koester now has a complete senior administrative team. In mid-January, the president announced the appointment of Terry Piper as CSUN's new vice president for student affairs.
The two new vice presidents will join two current ones: Louanne Kennedy, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Mohammed "Mo" Qayoumi, vice president of administration and finance.
Knudson assumes the University Advancement position last held by Bill Outhouse, who returned to Arkansas last year. Dick Tyler, the university's associate vice president of public relations and communications, served as interim vice president during the search process.
As CSUN's advancement vice president, Knudson will oversee the departments of Alumni Relations, Community Relations, Development, and Public Relations. She also will become the university's chief fund-raiser, which is a priority throughout the Cal State system.
Knudson has been associate vice president for institutional advancement at Arizona State University in Tempe since 1996. During that time, she was part of an executive team that spearheaded a $400 million capital campaign that already has surpassed its goal before its scheduled end date.
Her other duties at ASU included managing a staff of 100 in the areas of external relations, community outreach, communications, a public television station and development.
Prior to working at the Tempe campus, Knudson was vice provost for institutional advancement for Arizona State University West in Phoenix (1990-1996); vice president for university relations at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. (1986-1990); assistant vice president for institutional advancement at Cambridge College in Massachusetts (1984-1986), and director of admissions and marketing at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine (1983-1984).
She has a master's degree in communications from the University of South Dakota (1970) and a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology, with a minor in Spanish from North Dakota State University (1966).
Knudson is married with one son. Her husband, Kurt Knudson, is an actor whose credits include several productions on Broadway, including "Beauty and the Beast," "Sunday in the Park with George," "Curse of an Aching Heart" and "Take Me Along," the latter for which he received a Tony nomination. Her son, Joshua, is an associate director of development for Oregon State University's foundation.
Knudson said she wants to help CSUN make its mark. "I really believe this university is positioned for greatness," she said. "It is coming into an era when it is increasingly visible and recognized for its importance, not only in the Valley, but in the entire city."
@csun | February 12, 2001 issue
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