Dianne F. Harrison
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Dianne Harrison began her appointment as president of California State University, Northridge in June 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.

Harrison has served on the boards and committees of over 65 national, state and local organizations and community projects. Currently, she serves on the board of the American Association of Colleges and Universities and executive board for the California Campus Compact and chairs the Professional Development Committee. She is also convener for the Women Presidents/Chancellors Group of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and a member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Accreditation. In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Harrison to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

Academic Experience

President, California State University, Northridge, 2012 to date.

President, California State University, Monterey Bay, 2006-12.

Vice President for Academic Quality and External Programs, Florida State University, 2005-06.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Florida State University, 2000-05.

Dean, Graduate Studies, Florida State University, 2001-05.

Dean, School of Social Work, Florida State University, 1994-2000.

Director, Doctoral Program in Social Work, Florida State University, 1984-88, 1991-94.

Associate Director, Undergraduate Program in Social Work, Florida State University, 1979-83.

Professor, School of Social Work, Florida State University, 1988-2006.

Associate Professor, Florida State University, 1981-88.

Assistant Professor, Florida State University, 1976-81.

Visiting Instructor, Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology/Social Work University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1975-76.


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