A university, and the training it provides, is only as strong as its faculty and leadership. CSUN has been highly successful in both recruiting and retaining prized faculty and administrators who have outlined a path of educational success for the University. CSUN’s efforts to transform its diverse educational landscape have received state and national recognition.
CSUN President Dianne Harrison embodies the leadership qualities that the University seeks to instill in its student body. Since her appointment in June 2012, President Harrison has worked to build strong partnerships with public and private organizations, enabling students, faculty, and staff to cross institutional boundaries and engage in innovative instruction. Recently, she was re-appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to serve another term on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, which is just one of the more than 80 boards and committees she has served on at the national, state, and local levels. President Harrison was also awarded the Trailblazer Award from Leadership California, recognizing her and five other CSU female presidents for their groundbreaking achievements and leadership in academia. During her tenure, CSUN has also garnered external recognition for its efforts in the local economy. For instance, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) presented CSUN with a 2015 Eddy Award for Educational Leadership. The award honors those who have played leading roles in the development of the county’s economy and in the creation of well-paying jobs for its residents. CSUN joins Caltech, USC and UCLA as the fourth university to receive an Eddy Award.
These awards, along with many other accolades and professional achievements, signify CSUN’s willingness to seek out the best education leaders in the country in order to position the University as a top-tier institution of higher learning. External recognition of the University’s leadership and academic programs is ultimately important to CSUN’s future development and continued ability to serve its students and community.