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Presidential Search

Dr. Erika D. Beck appointed sixth president of California State University, Northridge.

The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees has appointed Erika D. Beck, Ph.D., to serve as president of California State University, Northridge (CSUN).

The California State University conducted a nationwide search for the next President of California State University, Northridge following CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison’s decision to step away from the presidency. President Harrison announced on March 30 that she had accepted the request to remain at the university through fall 2020 to ensure continuity of leadership during the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19.

The Presidential Search Committee was established under CSU policy, by the former chair of the CSU Trustees, Adam Day, and Chancellor Timothy White.


CSUN Presidential Search Committee

Timothy White


Lillian Kimbell

Chair, Board of Trustees

Debra Farar

Trustee and Chair, Search Committee

Larry Adamson


Maryana Khames




Tomás Morales

CSU San Bernardino, CSU President Representative

William Watkins

Vice President, Administration Representative

Michael Neubauer

President, Faculty Senate

Stevie Ruiz

Faculty Representative

Mary-Pat Stein

Faculty Representative/Past Faculty President

Hai-Ling Tang

Staff Representative

Rose Merida

Student Representative

Diana Vicente 

Student Representative

Cindy Chernow

Alumni Association Representative

Bob Myman

Foundation Board Representative

Carlos Fuentes

Community Representative

Milt Valera

Community Representative