Dianne F. Harrison
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Dianne Harrison was appointed president of CSU Northridge in March 2012. Previously, Harrison served as president of CSU Monterey Bay beginning in 2006. Known for her commitment to students, academic excellence and comprehensive development, Harrison has a reputation for building strong partnerships with public and private institutions—enabling students, faculty and staff to cross institutional boundaries and engage in innovative instruction.

Harrison's academic and research areas of expertise include HIV prevention among women and minority populations and higher education issues related to social work and university leadership. A prolific researcher and writer, she has published dozens of articles and two books. Harrison has also been honored as a presidential participant in the Fulbright-Hayes Seminars Abroad Program in Jordan and Oman.

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B.A., American Studies, University of Alabama
M.S.W., Social Work, University of Alabama
Ph.D., Social Work, Washington University