Campus: CSU Northridge -- April 19, 2004
CSUN President Receives Pioneer Women Award
Acting jointly with the Los Angeles City Council, the City of Los Angeles’
Commission on the Status of Women honored Cal State Northridge President
Jolene Koester with its 2004 Pioneer Women Award last month, which was
national Women’s History Month.
Koester, one of 15 women selected by the commission and the City Council,
was cited for her “exemplary record of commitment and numerous
significant contributions to the support, protection and awareness of
the valuable accomplishments of women in our society.”
District 12 Councilmember Greig Smith nominated the president for the
“It is a privilege to join the roll call of women who have received
this very special tribute,” Koester said. “I am grateful
to the Commission and to Councilmember Smith for their recognition of
my work, which reflects the inspiration and support of the entire community
of dedicated educators and staff at Cal State Northridge.”
Among the other honorees were CSUN alumna Tyree Wieder, president of
Los Angeles Valley College, and former California First Lady Sharon
Koester was named Cal State Northridge’s fourth president in July
2000. At the time of her appointment, Koester had been serving as provost
and vice president for academic affairs and professor of communication
studies at California State University, Sacramento.
She earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in communication
arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in speech
communication from Minnesota.
Koester is the author of several scholarly books and articles on intercultural
and interpersonal communication and is a former Fulbright Scholar.
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