President Ericka Beck

Erika D. Beck, Ph.D.

President, CSU Channel Islands


Erika D. Beck began her tenure as President of California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) in August 2016. Prior to her appointment she served as Provost and Executive Vice President at Nevada State College.

President Beck is dedicated to furthering CSUCI’s vision of becoming recognized nationally as a leader in providing equitable, affordable, and transformative education that enables social and economic mobility for its diverse student population.

She is also deeply committed to the community and sits on the Ventura P-20 Council, the Santa Barbara Zoo Board of Directors and the Dignity Health Ventura County Community Board of Directors. She is an ex-officio board member of the Channel City Club and an honorary board member of the Gold Coast Veterans Foundation.

A native Californian, President Beck holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego; an M.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University; and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of California, San Diego where she also served as a faculty fellow. A former research associate at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, she has conducted research in the areas of developmental psychopathology and cognitive neuroscience. In addition to her formal education, she is actively engaged in the national dialogue regarding inclusive excellence and the use of data to improve student learning outcomes.

She was selected as one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times, a Woman of Distinction in Education by the National Association of Women in Business Leaders, and as a Top Female Business Leader in Education by the Las Vegas Business Press.

A devoted mother of two young boys, President Beck enjoys running, yoga, and perpetual conversations with her children about how many more minutes until “we get there.”