By Lindsey Martinovich
CSUSB has appointed a new director of development for the College of Education.
“I’ve always been passionate about education,” said Richonette “Ricki” McManuis, CSUSB’s new director of development for the College of Education.
McManuis gladly accepted the job opportunity at CSUSB after spending 10 years at Altera Credit Union as the Senior Vice President of corporate communications.
At Altera, she oversaw the marketing and business department and was responsible for public relations, doing such things as press releases.
Her new role as director of development focuses on fundraising for the College of Education.
According to CSUSB Public Affairs, “McManuis has more than 20 years of demonstrated success in fundraising, business development and service, and product marketing; she understands the concept of branding and its importance in networking and ‘friend-raising.’”
McManuis explained how she was thrilled at the possibility of working at CSUSB.
“I just wanted to figure out a way to help kids get into college,” said McManuis. “I want people to know that I think education is incredibly important.”
And like the true optimist that she is, she encourages students to keep an open mind and to “just be positive.”
“It’s really depressing out there, but you don’t have to get sucked in.”
Upon first visiting CSUSB, McManuis was very impressed with what the campus had to offer.
“I was impressed with the campus itself, and how friendly everyone was. Everyone wants to help!” said McManuis.
She found the College of Education program to be impressive as well.
McManuis was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has been in California for over 20 years.
McManuis is is no stranger to the area and education; she graduated from the University of Redlands with a bachelor’s degree in business administration management.
In her free time, she enjoys exercising, especially walking. Like anyone else that shares the same joy for life and enthusiasm found in McManuis, time she likes to surround herself with friends and loved ones.
McManuis does make note though that she values her quite time as she feels it is important. She said she makes it a priority to eat healthy, exercise, think positively, and keep her body in alignment.
Mcmanuis jokes that if one can follow those simple steps, she’s sure they can live to be 100 years old.
Her goal is to take her passion and enthusiasm for the university and help students see how important and necessary education is in today’s economy.
After talking to McManuis, one is guaranteed to leave feeling confident, calm, and as though they can conquer the academic world falling short of nothing but success.