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President’s Message

As the new president of California State University, Northridge, beginning in June 2012, I am delighted to provide this introduction to the university catalog. It is an honor to be joining the Cal State Northridge family at this critical juncture of challenge and promise—the challenges facing California’s public higher education institutions met with the ongoing promise of the university’s distinguished faculty, staff and administrators dedicating themselves to student success, to your success.

At Cal State Northridge, our first priority is to promote your welfare and intellectual progress. The magnificent new Valley Performing Arts Center and Student Recreation Center attest to the campus’ commitment to providing students and the community we serve with world-class state-of-the-art cultural and academic facilities. Additionally, the exceptional programs and services offered by the university give you a wealth of choices to advance your academic, professional and personal goals. Our culture of collaboration and problem-solving has enabled the CSU’s mission of access and excellence to take root and flourish here, and I encourage you to reap the benefits of this outstanding university by being dedicated to your academic studies and actively engaged in the life of the campus.

Please become familiar with the contents of your university catalog and refer to it often during your time at Cal State Northridge. Doing so will help you become familiar with the university’s programs and services and enable you to navigate and manage your academic career.

I am confident your time at Cal State Northridge will be productive and rewarding. We are an institution of great opportunity and transformation, committed to helping you attain personal growth and fulfillment.


Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.