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.

2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients Announced

March 22, 2018


Entertainment entrepreneur Richard Foos, banking industry executive Janet Garufis and Superior Court Judge Hon. D. Zeke Zeidler will be honored with CSUN’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

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CSUN Professor Receives CSU Honor

January 29, 2018

Dr. Ivor Weiner

Dr. Ivor Weiner, Professor of Special Education, was recognized with the Wang Family Excellence Award by the Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU). As one of the CSU's highest honors and awarded to four faculty and one staff member each year. Dr. Weiner was recognized in the category for Outstanding Faculty Service and honored at the January meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees. Click here to read the full story.

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Support for All Students Regardless of Immigration Status

September 5, 2017

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. Visit the President's letters page to read the statements.

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President's 2017 Annual Welcome Address

VPAC Renamed in Recognition of $17 Million Gift

July 27, 2017


CSUN’s Valley Performing Arts Center has been renamed the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts in recognition of a record $17 million gift from the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of Younes and Soraya Sarah Nazarian and their family. The gift will support the programming and operations of the award-winning performing arts center, which has become one of the cultural jewels of the region since its opening 6 years ago. The gift is one of the largest in the history of the California State University and the system’s largest single gift in support of the arts. Read the full story here.

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Nearly 11,500 Graduate at 2017 Commencement

May 23, 2017

2017 CSUN commencement

Starting with Honors Convocation on May 13 and continuing May 19 to 22 with seven commencement ceremonies, California State University, Northridge celebrated the close to another successful academic year, highlighted by nearly 11,500 graduates who completed their degrees.

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2017 Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

April 28, 2017

Michael N. Watanabe

California State University, Northridge will confer honorary doctorates on financial journalist William C. Griffeth and substance-abuse educator Michael Watanabe, president and CEO of Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP). Click here for details.

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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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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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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