Dianne F. Harrison

President Emerita, California State University, Northridge

Dr. Dianne F. Harrison retired in January 2021 from her appointment as president of California State University, Northridge which began in June 2012. Prior to her appointment, she served as president of California State University, Monterey Bay since 2006 and for nearly 30 years worked at Florida State University, where she began as a faculty member and served in various administrative leadership roles, including vice president for academic quality and external programs. President Harrison is known for her commitment to students, academic excellence, strategic leadership, and for building strong partnerships with public and private organizations. She holds a Ph.D. in social work from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s of social work and a bachelor’s in American Studies, both from the University of Alabama. Her academic and research areas of expertise include HIV prevention among women and minority populations and higher education issues related to university leadership. In 2022-23, she served as Interim Executive Director of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU/APLU).

Dr. Harrison has served on more than 60 boards in her career, including on the executive board for the California Campus Compact and as a commissioner on the WASC Senior College and University Commission. She previously served on the Climate Leadership Steering Committee. In 2015, she was re-appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to serve another term on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, having been initially appointed in 2011 and serving in 2014 as chair of the Commission. In September 2015, she was appointed to the NCAA Board of Governors and has served on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and the Division I Presidential Advisory Group since July 2014. Her appointments at the NCAA includes service on the NCAA Board of Governors’ Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence, the NCAA Division I Committee on Institutional Performance and the NCAA Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Limited Resource Institutions Academic Advisory Group. As an active civic leader, she served on the boards of directors for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA), and Valley Presbyterian Hospital. She was a member of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Leadership Council and the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs. She also served on the Board of Governors of the Valley Economic Alliance, the Executive Committee and Chair of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, and the Advisory Council of BizFed.  She and her husband, John Wujack, reside in Poulsbo, Washington.