President's Office

President's Office

Welcome to the home page for California State University, Northridge’s chief executive, President Dianne F. Harrison. The President’s Office website provides access to President Harrison's biography, speeches, messages to the campus community, and other communications; major university priorities and initiatives; and major organizational areas of the university. Announcements, news and other items of interest related to the President are listed below. For the latest in other university news and achievements, visit CSUN Today.

CSUN to be Smoke-Free Beginning Fall 2015

March 18, 2015

Photo of CSUN campus

In a message to the CSUN community, President Harrison announced plans for the university to become smoke-free and tobacco-free beginning Fall 2015. Click here for the full message.

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President Harrison Participates in National Plenary Panel

February 24, 2015

AAC&U Conference

In January 2015, President Harrison participated in a plenary discussion of higher education leaders from across the nation at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) centennial symposium in Washington, D.C. The session, entitled “Mobilizing Bold Leadership for America’s Global Future,” focused on how leaders in philanthropy, policy and education can make the quality of students’ college learning a national priority and a shared achievement. Click here to read the full story.

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Admission Requirement Changes Proposed for Fall 2016

February 19, 2015


California State University, Northridge has announced proposed changes to the university's admission requirements to accommodate increasing demand and reduced state funding. Click here for the full message.

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myCSUNtablet Honored with Apple Award

January 28, 2015

Apple Award

At the California State University Board of Trustees meeting on January 27, 2015, Apple named CSUN's myCSUNtablet initiative an Apple Distinguished Program for demonstrating visionary leadership, innovative teaching and learning, ongoing professional learning, and a flexible learning environment. President Dianne Harrison accepted the award on behalf of the university from Apple's National Higher Education Development Manager Anne VanMiddlesworth, who attended the meeting.

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CSUN Professor Receives CSU Award

January 27, 2015

CSUN Professor Nate Thomas

CSUN Cinema and Television Arts Professor Nate Thomas was selected by the Board of Trustees of the California State University as one of five recipients of the Wang Family Excellence Award, one of the 23-campus system's highest honors, in the category of Visual and Performing Arts and Letters. Professor Thomas and the other recipients were honored by the Board on January 27, 2015. Read more

2015 Faculty Retreat Address Posted

January 12, 2015

Photo from 2013 Convocation Address

The prepared text to President Harrison's keynote address at the 2015 Faculty Address on "“The Role of Faculty in Inclusive Excellence and Diversity” has been posted.

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President Harrison Attends White House Summit

December 4, 2014

Dr. Dianne F. Harrison

CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison joined President Obama, the First Lady and Vice President Biden — along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders, including CSU Chancellor Timothy White — to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college. Read more

CSUN Researchers Honored

November 12, 2014

Oviatt Library

President Dianne F. Harrison saluted approximately 150 faculty and staff researchers at the third annual Principal Investigators Recognition Celebration on Oct. 23, 2014. Encouraging faculty and staff to continue their efforts, President Harrison applauded those principal investigators, the lead researcher on a funded project, who raise millions of dollars for research.  Read more

CSUN Awarded $21.8 million NIH Grant

October 28, 2014

Commencement image

CSUN has received a $21.8 million grant — the largest single grant the university has ever received — from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund BUILD@CSUN, an ambitious collaborative initiative to change the way traditionally underrepresented minority students are mentored and trained as they set off on a career path as biomedical researchers.  Read more

2014 Convocation and Welcome Back Address Posted