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Statement from CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White on the Pending Retirement of CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison



Dianne Harrison

​​​​The following statement can be attributed to California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White:

“Since she became the first woman to lead California State University, Monterey Bay in 2006, President Harrison has been an inspiration to others throughout the university, demonstrating dedication to student success, diversity and inclusivity.

More recently as president of California State University, Northridge (CSUN), the campus has reached unprecedented heights. Under her leadership nearly 2,000 additional students are graduating every year and nearly 60,000 students have earned degrees. In addition to her relentless focus on student success, President Harrison's efforts to bolster campus diversity as well as increase programmatic strengths in sustainability and innovation have helped CSUN earn recognition from multiple national higher education organizations. The leading civic and economic development organizations from throughout greater Los Angeles have lauded CSUN's expanded positive impact on the economy and development of a 21st century workforce during her tenure. CSUN has also experienced record levels of giving and a growing reputation since President Harrison became president.

Over the past 15 years, there are few, if any, who have had a more profound impact on Californians pursuing public higher education than President Harrison, and I am thankful for her service to the university."

On November 21, 2019, CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison announced that she will retire as campus president effective June 30, 2020. Harrison has served as president of two CSU campuses, first at CSU Monterey Bay from 2006 to 2012 and since then at CSUN. Harrison joined the CSU after nearly 30 years of service in a variety of roles at Florida State University.

The CSU will soon launch a national search for Harrison's successor. Under university policy, the chairman of the CSU Trustees, Adam Day, and Chancellor White will select a committee made up of campus and community stakeholders who will be publicly announced at a later date. Campus and community input will be sought in an open forum held on campus. 

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