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; university planning goals and initiatives; and the major organizational areas of the university, including its divisions and colleges. Announcements, news and other items of interest related to the President are listed below. For the latest in other university-wide news and achievements, visit CSUN Today.

Update to Topic 8 (Diversity) Posted

April 18, 2017

CSUN sculpture

A report on Topic 8 of the Help Make CSUN Shine Bright initiative, posed in Fall 2016 on the topic of diversity, is now available here. The update includes a link to an update to the university's Planning Priorities.

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Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients Announced

March 28, 2017

Matador statue

CSUN will honor financial industry giant Milton Berlinski, reality TV trailblazer Mike Darnell and science and technology leader Patricia Maloney at its 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala scheduled on April 29. Click here for more information.

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Matadors Celebrate Founders Day and Homecoming

February 16, 2017

CSUN crowd

This year's Founders Day celebration, held on Saturday, February 11, marked CSUN's first all-alumni gathering in nearly a decade and the return of Homecoming. Read the full story here.

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President Harrison on Role of Universities in Preventing Sexual Assault

February 16, 2017

Dr. Dianne F. Harrison

The Los Angeles Daily News has published a guest commentary by President Harrison on the occasion of the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, about the importance of continuing the progress that has been made in combating sexual violence on college campuses. Read the full commentary here.

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President's Statement on White House Executive Order

January 30, 2017


President Harrison has issued a statement in response to an executive order issued by the White House. Read the full letter here.

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Topic 8 Results on Diversity Now Available

December 5, 2016

Oviatt Library

The results to Topic 8 of the Help Make CSUN Shine Bright initiative is now available here.

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Reaffirming our Commitment to Respect and Safety Post-Election

November 16, 2016

Photo from 2013 Convocation Address

President Harrison has issued a letter to the campus community reaffirming CSUN's commitment to respect and safety following the election. Read the full letter here.

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Nazarian College Campaign Reaches $25 million Goal

September 27, 2016

Photo of Dean Lord, President Harrison, Harvey Bookstein and Wife, David Nazarian and Wife

A $5 million gift from CSUN alumnus Harvey Bookstein and his wife, Harriet — both California State University, Northridge alumni and lifelong supporters of the university — has pushed CSUN over the top in a two-year campaign to raise $25 million for its college of business. Read the full story here.


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Help Make CSUN Shine Bright Topic 8: Diversity

September 14, 2016

Oviatt Library

President Harrison has just announced the Fall 2016 topic for the Help Make CSUN Shine Bright initiative: Diversity. To read her email announcing the topic, click here or visit the Help Make CSUN Shine Bright website for more information and to submit a response. The survey will be available through October 7, 2016. (NOTE: The webform for this topic has been re-opened through November 4, 2016.)


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President's 2016 Welcome Address Posted

CSUN's Economic and Social Impact Report Released

July 18, 2016

CSUN's Oviatt Library Stairs

A new economic and social impact study has found that California State University, Northridge generates $1.9 billion generated annually through spending and labor income and has led to the creation of more than 11,700 jobs. Read more

CSUN Baseball Receives $1.5 Million Lead Gift

CSUN Receives Eddy Award

November 17, 2015

Eddy Award 2015

On November 12, 2015, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) presented California State University, Northridge with a 2015 Eddy Award for Educational Leadership during a gala celebration at the Beverly Hilton.

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CSUN Joins Initiative for Sustainability

October 7, 2015

Climate Commitment

On Oct. 5, California State University, Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison joined a group of 10 university presidents in signing a pact as part of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), working in conjunction with the nonprofit organization Second Nature.

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Meet President Harrison

June 11, 2012

Dianne F. Harrison

Dianne F. Harrison assumes the presidency of California State University, Northridge. Read more