California State University - Northridge Erika Beck, Ph.D., began her tenure at California State University - Northridge in January. Prior to that she had been president of California State University - Channel Islands since 2016 and before that was provost and executive vice president at Nevada State College. Beck is an advocate for higher education as a means to improve lives, transform communities and promote social mobility. Beck served on the board of the Santa Barbara Zoo and as an honorary board member of the Gold Coast Veterans Foundation. ALMA MATER: B.A.: University of California, San Diego; M.A.: San Diego State University; and Ph.D.: University of California, San Diego. BEST ADVICE: From my grandmother: “Never allow the fear in your mind prevent your feet from moving you forward.” FAVORITE BOOK: “Descartes’ Error” by Antonio Damasio. BUCKET LIST: African safari.