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Shari McMahan

Shari McMahan knows firsthand the many ways in which Cal State Fullerton shapes students' futures. Before becoming the University's deputy provost, she served as dean of the College of Health and Human Development and interim associate vice president for research, creative activities and technology transfer. She also is a proud Titan mom – her son is a junior on campus.

"I believe in this institution," she said. "I can think of no finer place to send your kids to school."

McMahan's gifts often are directed toward centers and programs such as the Center for Sport Performance, Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research and the Athletic Training Education Program – all part of the College of Health and Human Development – as well as the College of Communications' Forensics team.

"The faculty that run these centers and programs are providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our students," she said. "I feel compelled to help drive their mission and provide those opportunities, because these high-impact practices are changing lives."

Indeed, as deputy provost, McMahan monitors how these practices impact retention and graduation, as well as graduate school attendance rates.

"What I remember most from my college years was the research experience I had with a faculty member and the opportunity it gave me to present work in front of critics," said McMahan. "High-impact practices are near and dear to me not only because I feel personally responsible for helping meet the University mission, but because I see such great examples on campus of students getting that kind of high-quality experience.

"Many of our students are first-generation and underrepresented," she added. "With experiences like these, I have no doubt they will always remember Cal State Fullerton and, someday, give back by way of their time, talents or treasures."

 

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