Director, CARES Team
(he, him, his)
Chris Turntine is a higher education administrator at San Diego State University (SDSU). He has worked at the university for over 19 years and currently serves as the Director of the Campus Assistance, Response, Evaluation and Support (CARES) Team, a position he has held since January 2021, within the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity. In this role, Chris leads efforts to support the well-being and success of all SDSU by centralizing case management services for students who may be experiencing challenges inside or outside of the classroom and cultivating a culture of information sharing and care across campus.
He began his career in higher education working in education programs serving underserved communities. Chris is a member of the Higher Education Case Management Association (HECMA). Chris has served in various capacities in support of student success and the university’s strategic plans. Chris has been actively involved in diversity initiatives at SDSU including the recruitment and retention of African-American and Native Indigenous students, advisor to student organizations, union chief steward, university seminar instructor, judicial officer, and member of the University Senate. Chris also currently serves as President of the Black Faculty Staff Association (SDSU Employee Resource Group). Outside of work, Chris is an active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Chris is a also an SDSU alum and mentors students through the Aztec Mentor Program.