Presidential Investiture


Leap LogoCSUN and Community Partners Join LEAP Employer-Educator Compact

California State University, Northridge has announced its participation in a new national initiative called the LEAP Employer-Educator Compact. CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison has signed the compact—which was developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and employers working with AAC&U colleges and universities across the country—to make high-quality college education a shared national priority.


President Harrison with CSUN interns in Washington, D.C.Top CSUN Brass Visit CSUN Interns, Alumni in Washington, D.C.

California State University, Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison and Director of Government and Community Relations Francesca M. Vega spent the past week in Washington, D.C. visiting lawmakers and meeting with the CSUN political intern contingent in the city as well as area alumni.


Dr. Martin and Dr. Harrison at announcement ceremony.Dr. Brandon Martin Named New CSUN Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

California State University, Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison announced today the hiring of Dr. Brandon Martin, a former Cleveland High School and USC basketball star who has more than a dozen years of experience in intercollegiate athletics and sports administration in NCAA Division I athletics, as the new athletic director of the Matadors’ 18-team intercollegiate program.

Photo of Dr. HarrisonCSUN Supports CSU Super Sunday Efforts

The California State University system is reaching out to the African-American community in an attempt to educate students and families about the requirements to successfully enter college and obtain a degree. This outreach effort, dubbed Super Sunday, is a statewide affair coordinated by the California State University that will involve school faculty, staff and additional volunteers speaking to congregants at nearly 100 predominantly African-American churches throughout the state in February and March.


Mike Feuer, Mitch Englander, CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison and Wayne Adelstein

President Harrison Encourages Business Leaders to Get to Know CSUN

California State University, Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison encouraged local business leaders to embrace CSUN as “their” university on Friday, Feb. 15, at the North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon.


Graduating StudentsCal State Northridge Students Find It Easier to Get Classes

Getting the classes you need to graduate from California State University, Northridge is getting easier, according to students enrolled at the university. CSUN officials have been beefing up the number of courses particularly in several bottleneck areas for the past several years. As a result, the average full-time student course load has increased. When combining together units taken by both full- and part-time students the average student load is expected to reach 12.0 this spring.


Group photo of all the CSUN AthletesCSUN Receives $900,000 From NCAA to Expand Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes

California State University, Northridge has received a $900,000 grant from the NCAA as part of a three-year pilot program aimed at expanding the academic support services for student-athletes. The Limited-Resources Institutions Grant Program Pilot, which was approved by the NCAA Executive Committee earlier this year, was designed to help institutions with limited resources in their efforts to improve the graduation rates and academic success of student-athletes.


Graphic-Help make CSUN shine brighter.President Dianne F. Harrison Reaches Out to Campus with New Program

Earlier this month, President Dianne F. Harrison announced Help Make CSUN Shine Brighter, a new initiative that invites ongoing suggestions and solutions from students, faculty, and staff to help improve the university.


President at podium.Celebration Highlights CSUN’s Focus on Research

When President Dianne F. Harrison joined the California State University, Northridge community this summer, she set an ambitious goal: to double the amount of grant or contract-funded research on campus in the next five years. In keeping with that goal, the president has renewed the campus’ focus on supporting faculty who are conducting funded research projects.


President Harrison with award winners.Volunteers Honored at Annual Service Awards Luncheon

California State University, Northridge presented awards to 20 volunteers at its 11th annual Volunteer Service Awards on Nov. 1, including the organization’s two highest honors: the Dean Ed Peckham Award, presented to emeritus professor Nancy J. Owens, Ph.D., and the Dorothea “Granny” Heitz Award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership, presented to Larry Twersky ’85 (Marketing).


Alumni looking at exhibit photos.Valley State Era Alumni Enjoy Annual Founders Day Event

For Nazar Ashjian ’62 (Business and Economics), it was San Fernando Valley State College’s small classes that made the campus so appealing. He had graduated from Pierce College and then enrolled at UCLA, but he thought the West Los Angeles campus was too big.


President Harrison at center opening with other officials.CSUN Celebrates Opening of Pride Center as a Resource for LGBTQ Community

For the last three years, California State University, Northridge English and queer studies professor Martin Pousson’s eighth floor office in Sierra Tower served as a home base for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students.


Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison and Central China Normal University President Zongkai YangCSUN Agreement Promotes Cultural Exchange with China

California State University, Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison and Central China Normal University President Zongkai Yang have signed an agreement that will enhance the intercultural understanding and promote collaboration between CSUN and Chinese scholars and students.


President Harrison at podium.President Harrison Celebrates ‘CSUN’ as a ‘Shining Example’ of the Promise of Public Higher Education

Calling California State University, Northridge a “source of light” and a “shining example” of the promise and excellence of public higher education, President Dianne F. Harrison, in her first convocation address to the campus community on Thursday, Aug. 23, encouraged faculty, staff and students to help “CSUN shine.”