CSU Trustees Appoint Dianne F. Harrison as New President of CSU Monterey Bay

Dr. Dianne F. Harrison
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(March 15, 2006) – The California State University Board of Trustees today named Dianne F. Harrison, vice president for academic quality and external programs at Florida State University, as the second president of California State University, Monterey Bay.

“I am deeply committed to working with the faculty, students, alumni, and community on furthering the university’s academic prominence and reputation,” said Harrison. “I look forward to continuing to improve the aesthetics of the campus, addressing its environmental challenges, and building on our partnerships with the community. This is a pivotal time for the university and I am honored to become its next president.”

“Dr. Harrison has the perfect combination of energy, enthusiasm and outstanding academic and administrative experience to lead Monterey Bay into the future,” said CSU Trustee Roberta Achtenberg, chair of the presidential search committee. “She has a special understanding of the mission of the campus and will provide strong leadership and a student-focused vision for the university.”

Harrison, who was one of three finalists for the position, will assume the Monterey Bay presidency in early summer. The new president will succeed Interim President Diane Cordero de Noriega who took the place of former President Peter Smith last summer.

Harrison has served in a variety of capacities during her 30 years of educational leadership, all with Florida State University beginning in 1976. For the past year, she has served as vice president for academic quality and external programs overseeing all academic program reviews, new dean orientation, regional institutional accreditation, international programs, distance learning and was also a member of the president’s executive committee.

As associate vice president for academic affairs from 2000 to 2005, Harrison managed quality enhancement program reviews and implemented accountability measures for faculty, deans and department chairs. She concurrently served as dean of graduate studies where she was responsible for the oversight of university policies and procedures for 200 graduate programs, including 72 doctoral programs.

Harrison began her career at FSU as an assistant professor in the School of Social Work where she has continued to teach throughout her tenure. She served as dean from 1994 to 2000 and as its chief academic officer established joint degree programs with the Colleges of Law, Business and Visual Arts and Dance; increased faculty and student diversity and quadrupled the level of contracts and grants. Since 2001, Harrison has been chair of the FSU leadership team for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reviewing compliance and quality enhancement submissions.

Harrison holds a Ph.D. in social work from Washington University, and a master of social work and a B.A. in American Studies, both from the University of Alabama.

The Board of Trustees will set the salary of the new president at the May 16-17 board meeting.

The search for a new president began in September 2005. The CSU presidential search committee was composed of three trustees, plus the board chair, the CSU chancellor, a CSU president, Monterey Bay faculty, staff, students and alumni representatives and community members.

For information about the CSU presidential search process, see http://executivesearch.calstate.edu.

As the only university in the CSU system with a service-learning graduation requirement, CSU Monterey Bay has earned national recognition for its work in helping students examine issues of justice, diversity and social responsibility through service learning. Home to the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, CSU Monterey Bay helps California’s communities meet the challenges of the 21st century. See www.csumb.edu

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 84,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu

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Last Updated: March 14, 2006

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