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.

President Dianne F. Harrison Announces Retirement

Community Reflects on President Harrison’s Impact

November 26, 2019

President Harrison delivering 2018 Welcome Address

Following her announcement to step away from the presidency of CSUN after June 30, 2020, the campus community reflects on President Harrison's impact and leadership. Read the article.

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CSUN Ranks Among Top 10 Universities Awarding Degrees to Minority Students

December 9, 2019

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CSUN ranked seventh in the nation among colleges and universities awarding undergraduate degrees to minority students. The magazine’s annual ranking of the “Top 100 Producers of Bachelor’s Degrees” appears in its Oct. 28 edition. Read the full story. Read more

CSUN Honors Its Volunteers

October 25, 2019

Photo from the 2019 CSUN Volunteer Service Awards

On Oct. 23, CSUN honored university and alumni chapter supporters and volunteers at the 18th annual Volunteer Service Awards in Woodland Hills.

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President Harrison Delivers Annual Welcome Address

August 27, 2019

President's 2019 Welcome Address

CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison delivered her annual fall Welcome Address to the campus community on August 22 at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts.

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CSUN No. 5 in Sustainable Index

August 26, 2019


California State University, Northridge has earned another stellar ranking from the nation’s largest organization for sustainability in higher education.

This week, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) ranked CSUN No. 5 among all master’s degree-level institutions in its Sustainable Campus Index

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President Harrison Named Among Most Influential People in L.A.

June 19, 2019

Photo of Dianne Harrison

For the second straight year, CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison and Chandra Subramaniam, dean of CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, were recognized in the Los Angeles Business Journal LA500, a list of the city’s most influential people. Read the full story.

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Congratulations, Class of 2019!

May 21, 2019

CSUN 2019 commencement

A record 11,627 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree candidates were eligible to participate in CSUN’s 2019 commencement ceremonies, held on May 17-20, 2019.

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Susan Burton to Receive Honorary Doctorate

May 8, 2019

Photo of Susan Burton, 2019 honorary doctorate recipient

Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project in South Los Angeles and an advocate for incarcerated women, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from California State University, Northridge on Monday, May 20, during commencement.

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Three Honored at 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards

April 16, 2019

2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

Three remarkable Matadors—Andrew Anagnost, Milt Valera and Michelle Vicary—were honored at the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards celebration, on Saturday, April 13. The annual recognition honors three alumni who personify the university’s tradition of excellence and who bring distinction to themselves and to CSUN through their outstanding achievements.

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Woman of the Year Award for President Harrison

February 27, 2019

Photo of Dianne Harrison

CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison has been named Woman of the Year for the state’s 18th Senate District by Sen. Robert Hertzberg and will receive the award at the State Capitol on March 4.

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Faculty Retreat Address Focuses on Generation Z

January 18, 2019

President Harrison speaks at 2019 Faculty Retreat

In her keynote address at the 2019 Faculty Retreat, held January 2019, President Harrison reflected on CSUN's 60th anniversary and spoke about the the learning styles and expectations of Generation Z students. Entitled "“60 Years of Student Success: Supporting Today’s Students in a Changing World,” the text to the address is now available.

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Support for All Students Regardless of Immigration Status

November 12, 2019

Oviatt Library

President Harrison has released statements in support of students, particularly those who may be affected by anticipated changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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CSUN's Economic and Social Impact Report Released