CSN Welcomes New President

Dr. Federico Zaragoza

Dr. Federico Zaragoza today became the College of Southern Nevada’s ninth president in its 47-year history. A press release announcing his presidency can be found here.

Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly said it was exciting for Zaragoza to join CSN.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Zaragoza to the Las Vegas Valley as he begins his tenure as president of the College of Southern Nevada,” Chancellor Reilly said. “This is an exciting time for CSN, Nevada’s largest institution of higher education. Dr. Zaragoza brings a wealth of experience and a diverse background that will connect well with the students and faculty. And I am confident he will have success improving student graduation rates.”

Dr. Zaragoza sent out the message below to the CSN community this morning.


Hello fellow coyotes!

I am both humbled and grateful to greet you today as your president. As we begin this new chapter in the story that is CSN, I wanted to share a few quick thoughts and updates with you.

First, your collective work has positioned CSN to be a national leader in terms of student success. We will have many opportunities to discuss our students first agenda over the next few weeks at our annual adjunct conference, Convocation and welcome back events. You will also hear about upcoming roundtables and student events in the next few weeks.

Second, I want to thank Dr. Margo Martin for her service to the college these last six months as acting president. The direction that she and the executive leadership team have taken the college will benefit us all as we continue to serve our students and begin to lift CSN to national prominence. With this in mind, Dr. Martin will be assisting me as Interim VP of Transition Activities and Clarissa Cota will continue her interim appointment as VP for Academic Affairs through the end of the calendar year.

I hope to see you at Convocation on Monday, August 20, as we begin our new academic year. I too am rolling up my sleeves and getting to work. Please reach out to me as you see me around campus and know how excited I am to finally join the CSN family and the wonderful Southern Nevada community.




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