Dianne F. Harrison

Dianne Harrison President, California State University, Northridge. She served as president of California State University, Monterey Bay from 2006-2012 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 and comprehensive development and for building strong partnerships with public and private institutions. 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 social work and university leadership.