One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 350,000 alumni who fuel the region’s economy. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and nearly 12,000 jobs each year. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities named CSUN an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University for university-wide efforts to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, fostering regional development through public service, engagement, and outreach. CSUN’s faculty includes internationally recognized scholars and researchers — they include Guggenheim fellows and Fulbright scholars, American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows and numerous other professional affiliations. Recognizing CSUN’s leadership in fostering diversity, CollegeNET named CSUN a Social Mobility Innovator for its transformative effect on students and the region, and The Wall Street Journal ranked CSUN second in the nation for the university’s diverse learning environment. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other public university in California, CSUN is a true social elevator, where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.

The Position

Responsibilities of the Position

Reporting to the Vice President of Administration and Finance, the Chief of Police is responsible for law enforcement, public safety, emergency management, security, and parking and transportation on a dynamic, multicultural, 353-acre campus. Responsible for the overall leadership and oversight of police patrol operations, law enforcement investigations, community policing, crime prevention strategies, crime statistics and analysis, federal compliance reporting (including assisting with Clery and Title IX), and K9 Explosives Ordinance unit, the Chief ensures compliance with all relevant federal, state, city/county laws, codes and regulations as well as California State University (CSU) executive orders and campus policies and regulations. The Chief manages all administrative, personnel, and financial responsibilities for a comprehensive 24 hour/365 day a year California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified and International Association of Campus Law Enforcement (IACLEA) accredited law enforcement agency of over 90 sworn and non-sworn personnel. This involves planning, implementing, administering, and coordinating programs of the Department of Police Services (DPS), which promote the public safety and welfare of the university community, as well as ensuring the campus’ effective response in times of emergency or campus-wide crisis with a focus on student engagement and education in which a harm reduction model of crime control is emphasized. This position works collaboratively with university leadership and campus partners to promote a positive perception of campus police and facilitates a campus environment where all students feel safe, supported and able to learn; develops and maintains partnerships with departments across campus, including but not limited to University Counseling Services, Student Housing & Conference Services, the Office of Student Conduct & Ethical Development, and Faculty Affairs in order to promote a campus environment that mitigates urgent/crisis situations and ensures student and community safety in a manner that engenders confidence, trust and shared commitment to university values; and cultivates a partnership with the Chief Diversity Officer and campus Title IX Coordinator to sustain a campus culture that is committed to the core principles of diversity and inclusion, trauma informed practices, fostering an environment in which all members of the campus community are safe and free from discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct of any form. In addition, the Chief oversees the Emergency Management program and is responsible for maintenance of the annual review and issuance of the campus Emergency Management plan; formulates operational procedures and revises and maintains the campus Emergency Operations Center organization chart as well as serving as the Director of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC); responsible for annual training for EOC members; develops and maintains collaborative, collegial working relationships with all members of the university community including students, faculty, staff, and administrators; serves as the primary law enforcement liaison; develops and maintains strong working relationships with external law enforcement and public safety agencies, external community organizations within DPS jurisdiction to further promote community policing and emergency response entities; and serves as lead spokesperson for all law enforcement and emergency management related media inquiries in partnership with CSUN’s Department of Marketing and Communications. Further, the Chief is responsible for the continued re-accreditation of DPS with IACLEA, and California Penal Code Section 626.9 (bringing or possessing a loaded firearm upon the grounds of a campus); develops strategic plans, goals, objectives, and surveys/assessments for DPS; formulates departmental policies and procedures and audits their implementation; and implements personnel practices and decisions including recruitment, selection, training, evaluation, personnel development and promotion, and accountability in a manner that attracts, develops, and retains a diverse, cutting-edge, and professional workforce.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • administers, manages, and directs basic law enforcement, and is responsible for general and specialized police patrol, law enforcement investigations, and all functions related to the protection of life and property;
  • oversees and facilitates threat assessments for persons of concern, provides direct oversight for the police threat assessment team with advanced training and works collaboratively with campus departments managing aspects of this issue;
  • participates in and/or ensures representation on appropriate campus committees such as the campus Sexual Violence Prevention committee, Student Behavior Assessment Team, and Workplace Behavior Consultation Team;
  • works collaboratively with University Licensing during film productions and provides guidance and oversight to large scale events when needed;
  • oversees administration of campus parking and traffic programs; manages the department’s budget in a manner consistent with budget authorization and the university mission;
  • analyzes and continuously improves the department’s operational/financial policies and procedures.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) and a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience (university police experience preferred), including five years of command staff level experience. The appropriate candidate will have demonstrated command and management experience in law enforcement administration; experience in law enforcement policy incorporating “best and next” practices into departmental policies and procedures; and possess extensive training and have experience in risk management (including threat assessment) in line with law enforcement professional standards. Must possess or be able to obtain all California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) minimum employment standards including successful completion of the P.O.S.T. certified regular basic course or completion of the P.O.S.T. basic course waiver process and Executive Certificate. Experience with accreditation processes preferred. Final candidates must complete a thorough background check, pre-employment medical and psychological examinations, and the California State University Drug test. Must possess a valid California Driver’s License.

This position is a “designated position” in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission. Additionally, the person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following qualities, attributes, and experiences in no particular order of importance:

  • possess a genuinely inclusive leadership style that is confident, approachable, motivational, and transparent with the ability to be firm, clear, and direct with staff;
  • a willingness to listen and solicit best ideas from officers, command staff, and departmental leaders;
  • demonstrate flexibility, the ability to deal with ambiguity, and possess a strong desire to serve as an advocate for the department, the staff, and their services;
  • possess a strong sense of vision and an ability to translate strategic thinking into operational directives and policy formation;
  • possess an understanding and experience effectively working within a union environment;
  • expertise in related compliance requirements and best practices, including Clery Act, Title IX, responses to alcohol/drug issues, mental health issues, free speech, bias incidents and hate crimes, etc.;
  • exhibit a deep commitment to learning and the educational role of DPS;
  • demonstrate a strong work ethic and reliability that inspires trust throughout the department;
  • possess unquestionable integrity, excellent interpersonal skills, including conflict management, customer service, and public speaking;
  • have the ability to establish and maintain productive relationships with a full range of campus constituents, including students, faculty, and staff;
  • utilize excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • have experience working with, and directing, multiple diverse stakeholders and committed constituents;
  • possess experience directing and managing large events and protests;
  • have the ability to develop, implement and move forward complex processes, initiatives, and programs involving multiple stakeholders;
  • possess a familiarity with social media and its use to effectively reach students and other constituents;
  • show direct experience with emergency management, threat assessment, and infrastructure security;
  • project a high degree of personal energy and enthusiasm for the work;
  • comfortably and effectively serve as the public face for DPS;
  • able to develop significant relationships within the Northridge community;
  • maintain a high degree of visibility and engagement throughout CSUN and the surrounding communities;
  • enable engagement and trust building with diverse campus communities;
  • possess strong finance and business acumen to oversee a large departmental budget;
  • be an innovative and strategic thinker with the courage to try new approaches, services, and programs;
  • possess a mindset of high level service to the entire campus community.

History of the Position

The CSUN Department of Police Services’ current chief will retire in December 2018 after having served over 16 years as chief. She built an exceptional department with a strong reputation both on and off campus. The incoming chief will find a well-trained and well-equipped department passionate about serving the CSUN community.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

  • The next chief must have the capacity to not only maintain the level of service provided by DPS, but also help the department excel even further through best practices.
  • The DPS is a large, professional law enforcement agency with talented, well-educated, trained and equipped, committed officers and staff.
  • CSUN is a very relational campus; it is expected that the chief will become a valued and trusted member of the CSUN community.
  • The chief must be skilled at fostering strong relationships with the local community and agencies at both the county and state levels.
  • It is expected that the next chief will implement a vision that produces a consistently engaged, highly responsive police department that is recognized broadly as committed to the safety and care of the university community.
  • The chief will forge positive partnerships and healthy working relationships with all areas of the institution with a particular focus on Student Affairs.
  • The chief must be an authentic communicator with the ability to effectively interact with multiple stakeholder and constituent groups.
  • The chief will be expected to work to maintain a high level of positive engagement and satisfaction among the officers and staff.
  • The next chief will maintain the accreditation of the department, upholding all standards and best practices.
  • The chief must be aware of student activism efforts and have a vision to positively and successfully honor and work with students, faculty, and staff in exercising their right to free speech and expression in concert with considerations for campus safety.
  • The chief must be willing to support campus wellness efforts and framing DPS responses/responsiveness within the context of mental health stresses and other issues reflected by local and national information about college-age students.
  • The next chief of police must continue DPS’s commitment to timely, supportive, and effective responsiveness to Title IX and related issues, demonstrating consistently expert handling of related concerns and compliance reporting requirements.
  • The chief will be expected to invest time into truly learning and understanding the culture of CSUN, the department and its staff, and the surrounding area.
  • The chief must ensure proper adherence to all related state and federal laws, and compliance/reporting requirements.
  • The chief must work to recruit, retain, and train quality, diverse officers and staff.
  • DPS has two unions which the chief must understand and work with in a productive manner.
  • The past chief is a very well respected member of the CSUN community with a long-standing career at the institution.
  • CSUN is a large, complex institution rich with diversity; it will take time and open communication to learn the culture and stakeholders.
  • CSUN is one of 23 institutions that comprise the California State University system allowing for great networking, information sharing, and training opportunities.

Measures of Success for the Position

At an appropriate interval after joining California State University, Northridge, the items listed below will initially define success for the new chief of police.

  • The chief has gained the trust of the University community by sharing knowledge, being involved, visible, and engaged in all aspects of campus life.
  • The chief has reviewed organizational strengths and weaknesses, policies and procedures, and has developed strategic planning documents for managing short-term change and long-term development for the department.
  • CSUN’s eight unique commencements have continued to run without major incidents or issues.
  • The chief has clearly outlined vision, goals, and expectations—and shared those both within the department and the University community.
  • The chief has worked to build positive relationships with the entire department, enhanced team building efforts, and created a professional work environment where all staff feel valued and morale is improved.
  • The chief has continued to move the department forward with new programs and initiatives while enhancing current programs such as the K-9 and community policing programs.
  • The chief has formed meaningful working relationships with local law enforcement agencies and with community associations and partners.
  • Through consistent, confident leadership the chief has maintained the respect and credibility of the department and is readily regarded as an active partner in supporting the educational mission of the University.
  • Mutually supportive and collaborative relationships have been developed throughout CSUN with students, faculty, and staff.
  • DPS continues to operate with a high level of professionalism and competence.
  • Successful engagement and trust building with diverse campus communities.
  • The chief has efficiently utilized all available resources and properly managed the department’s budget.

An Overview of the Department of Police Services

The Department of Police Services is a full-service, accredited law enforcement agency that provides police and emergency services to the university community and is open 24 hours a day/seven days a week. The department is located at the corner of Darby and Prairie Streets, just west of the B3 parking structure.

They are proud to be “one of the most outstanding departments in the country,” as stated by Tom Younce, Accreditation Assessment Team Leader and Chief of Police at North Carolina State University Police Department. They strive to be innovative and proactive in their approach to law enforcement and public safety services and to serve their constituencies with excellence in all that they do. Police Services seek to maintain an organizational culture that is diverse, well trained, well equipped, and capable of responding to today’s ever changing environment. The men and women of the California State University, Northridge Police Department are dedicated to excellent police service through partnerships that reduce crime, create a safe environment, build trust, and enhance the quality of life in our academic community. They are committed to delivering quality service to our community in an effective, responsive, and professional manner.

University police officers are sworn law enforcement officers whose police authority on state university property extends throughout the state, including concurrent jurisdiction with the Los Angeles Police Department on the adjacent streets and community. They are vested with the same peace officer powers of arrest and responsibilities as other police officers within the State of California. All state laws, codes, and regulations are enforced.

CSUN police officers are highly trained personnel and participate in ongoing training to meet state and federal requirements as well as to meet the needs of the department and university.  Over the last several years, each police officer has averaged about 220 hours of training per year. As a POST agency, we follow all training requirements outlined by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

The Department prepares and submits a monthly Uniform Crime Report to the California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Department also enters reported stolen vehicles and property with serial numbers into the National Crime Information Center computer, allowing for recovery throughout the United States. An annual crime statistics report is also published in compliance with the Federal Clery Act Law.

The Department of Police Services consists of three main components or divisions:

Police Services Administration and Administrative Services: this division includes the police services administration office which includes the Chief of Police, Special Assistant to the Chief of Police and Community Relations Officer, the Financial Analyst, the Emergency Preparedness Specialist and the administrative support assistant for the administration office. The Administrative Services portion of this division includes the Records Unit, Crime Prevention and Community Relations and Payroll and Procurement.

Police Operations: this division includes all aspects of uniformed police patrol Motor including day and night watch patrol units, K-9 unit, Motors, the Housing Community Policing Unit, Investigations Unit, Dispatch Unit, Professional Standards and Training and Accreditation Program. This division also has oversight for IT and Network services for the department and the Matador Patrol program.

Parking and Transportation Services: this division includes all aspects of the campus parking and transportation operation including parking enforcement, administrative office support, Special Events, Information Booth operations, the Transportation Program, Lost and Found, Shuttle Services, Parking Tech Services, Reception, and Livescan Fingerprinting and Notary Services.

An Overview of the Division of Administration & Finance

The Division of Administration and Finance provides essential services to students, faculty, staff and the external community in university fiscal operations, in building, grounds and road construction and maintenance, in police services, risk management, intercollegiate athletics, and human resource administration.

They provide innovative, quality service while adhering to the highest professional standards and the principles of being user-friendly, effective, efficient, and compliant with appropriate laws and regulations.

The division is comprised of the following departments:

  • Budget Planning & Management
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Facilities Planning, Design & Construction
  • Financial Services
  • Human Resources
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Internal Audit
  • Police Services
  • Risk Management
  • Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts

Colin Donahue, Vice President for Administration & Finance

Mr. Donahue directs a wide range of campus departments that provide essential services to students, faculty, staff, and the external community. He oversees university fiscal operations, facility construction and maintenance, police services, parking, intercollegiate athletics, human resource administration, and internal audit. He also serves as a member of the CSUN Foundation, the North Campus-University Park Development Corporation and several other campus boards and committees.

Mr. Donahue came to CSUN in 1996 to assist in the campus reconstruction following the 1994 Northridge earthquake. He led this $400 million program, as well as the subsequent $450 million master plan development program that reshaped the campus physical environment. Prior to his appointment as the Vice President for Administration and Finance in 2013, he served the University in several leadership positions within facilities management, most recently as Associate Vice President for Facilities Development and Operations. He is active in developing policy and promoting best practices across the CSU, having served as Chair of the CSU Executive Facilities Officers affinity group from 2005-2010.

Prior to his arrival at CSUN, Mr. Donahue spent a number of years in the design and construction industry managing a variety of major development projects. He earned a B.S. in Engineering Technology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a Master of Public Administration degree from CSUN.

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

California State University, Northridge is a public institution that was founded in 1958. CSUN is a vibrant, diverse university community of 38,310 students and more than 4,000 faculty and staff, sited on a 353-acre campus in the heart of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.

It was founded first as the Valley satellite campus of Cal State Los Angeles. It then became an independent college in 1958 as San Fernando Valley State College, with major campus master planning and construction. The University adopted its current name of California State University, Northridge in 1972.

CSUN offers a variety of programs including bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, and teaching credentials. CSUN ranks 10th in the U.S. in bachelor’s degrees awarded to underrepresented minority students. The university has over 200,000 alumni. CSUN is home to the National Center on Deafness, and the university hosts the International Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities (more commonly known as the CSUN Conference), which is held each year in San Diego. CSUN’s Chicana and Chicano Studies Department is the largest in California.

About Northridge, CA

Once called North Los Angeles, the neighborhood known as Northridge is a jewel of the San Fernando Valley, home to California State University, Northridge and some of the best public and private schools in the region.

Near the northwest edge of the San Fernando Valley, nestled between Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, the Granada Hills and Reseda, Northridge combines urban living with access to the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside, including the nearby Chatsworth Reservoir and Lake Balboa.

The region that became Northridge was originally settled by the native Gabrielino or Tongva people, who built their dome-shaped houses in the area where Northridge is now located. When Spanish explorers came to the region in the 1700s, it was called Zelzah, and was home to fresh water fed by underground streams that still run beneath the neighborhood. Renamed North Los Angeles in 1929, the name was later changed to Northridge in 1938 to avoid confusion with nearby North Hollywood.

With a population of more than 60,000 people according to L.A. Department of City Planning estimates, Northridge is still one of the least densely populated areas of Los Angeles. The neighborhood is also considered highly diverse for the area, with a higher-than-usual percentage of Asian residents. The median household income is around $68,000, and over the years Northridge has been home to its share of celebrities, including Barbara Stanwyck, Brian Grazer, and several professional athletes. ranks Northridge among the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles County, where Northridge receives an A or A+ grade in Housing, Weather, and Amenities, and has a total Livability score of 80, putting it 8% above the national average. Alongside some of the best public and private schools in the region, Northridge is also home to the Northridge Fashion Center, the largest shopping mall in the area, and one of only two hospitals in the San Fernando Valley certified for treating life-threatening injuries.

California State University, Northridge is home to the CSUN Botanic Garden, as well as the Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium. Residents of Northridge can also enjoy the local Recreation Center – complete with and outdoor heated pool on the grounds – as well as easy access to nearby parks and protected natural areas such as the Chatsworth Reservoir or the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park to the north and Lake Balboa to the south.

The neighborhood is home to dozens of restaurants, many of them concentrated along Reseda Blvd., and there are plenty of coffee shops near the CSUN campus, including half-a-dozen locations of the Freudian Sip coffee house on the University campus itself. The recently opened Gen Korean BBQ House at 10151 Reseda Blvd is ranked by Yelp as one of the best places to eat in Northridge, with more than 500 five-star reviews.


California State University, Northridge exists to enable students to realize their educational goals. The University’s first priority is to promote the welfare and intellectual progress of students. To fulfill this mission, we design programs and activities to help students develop the academic competencies, professional skills, critical and creative abilities, and ethical values of learned persons who live in a democratic society, an interdependent world, and a technological age; we seek to foster a rigorous and contemporary understanding of the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines, and we believe in the following values.


  • Commitment to Teaching, Scholarship, and Active Learning. We demonstrate excellence in teaching. We honor and reward high performance in learning, teaching, scholarship, research, service, and creative activity. Because the quality of our academic programs is central to our mission, we encourage intellectual curiosity and protect the multiple expressions of academic freedom.
  • Commitment to Excellence. We set the highest standards for ourselves in all of our actions and activities and support the professional development of faculty, staff, and administrators. We assess our performance so that every area of University life will be continually improved and renewed. We recognize and reward our efforts of greatest distinction and through them provide state and national leadership.
  • Respect for All People. We aspire to behave as an inclusive, cooperative community. Our behaviors, policies, and programs affirm the worth and personal dignity of every member of the University community and contribute to a campus climate of civility, collegiality, tolerance, and reasoned debate.
  • Alliances with the Community. We seek partnerships with local schools, community colleges, businesses, government, and social agencies to advance the educational, intellectual, artistic, civic, cultural, and economic aspirations of our surrounding communities.
  • Encouragement of Innovation, Experimentation, and Creativity. We seek to provide an environment conducive to innovation, experimentation, and creativity. We encourage all members of our community to take intellectual and creative risks and to embrace changes that will enhance the fulfillment of the University’s mission.


California State University, Northridge is inspired by the belief that our commitment to educational opportunity, inclusion, and excellence will extend the promise of America to succeeding generations. Our graduates will be the vanguard of leaders—committed to sustaining a democracy in which diverse people share in the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, proficient in applying technology to wise purposes, and dedicated to securing a humane world community and sustaining the bounty of the Earth.

As an institution of higher learning:

  • we will create a community of shared values in which faculty, students, staff, administrators and alumni will experience personal satisfaction and pride in our collective achievements;
  • we will be the first choice for university applicants who seek a rigorous, collaborative teaching/learning experience in a technologically rich environment;
  • we will be the leader in enhancing the educational, cultural and economic resources of our region; and;
  • we will receive local and national recognition for our distinctive achievements in teaching, learning, scholarship, and service.

Strategic Plan

Grounded in the Mission, Values and Vision of California State University, Northridge, this document summarizes the CSUN planning priorities, identified through formal and informal campus discussions and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation process, and utilized in the University’s divisional and college planning.

The priorities are interdependent and together create the dynamic environment and educational conditions that nurture and sustain student success—our overarching, primary priority. Student success depends on an engaged and supportive faculty and staff. Both student and employee success are facilitated and sustained through embracing the power of diversity, growing CSUN’s visibility and reputation, increasing financial strength to pursue the university’s mission and planning priorities, increasing research and sponsored programs, fostering responsible stewardship of the environment, and using athletics as a tool for engagement. As an economic and social leader throughout the region, these priorities all power CSUN’s elevation of the communities we serve.

For a more detailed look at the strategic plan visit the website at

Dianne Harrison, President

Dr. Dianne F. Harrison is the fifth president of California State University, Northridge and began her appointment in June 2012. Before her appointment, she served as president of California State University, Monterey Bay, a position she had held since 2006. Prior to CSU Monterey Bay, she worked at Florida State University, where she served for nearly 30 years in various capacities starting as a faculty member, then as dean of social work, associate vice president for academic affairs, dean of graduate studies and vice president for academic quality and external programs.

Known for her commitment to students, academic excellence, and strategic leadership, President Harrison has a reputation for building strong partnerships with public and private organizations, enabling students, faculty, and staff to cross institutional boundaries and engage in innovative instruction.

Since her appointment, Dr. Harrison has identified eight key priorities for CSUN: 1) an unrelenting focus on student success; 2) focus on employees for success; 3) the visibility and reputation of the university; 4) planning for a future less dependent on state funding; 5) increasing research activity and sponsored programs; 6) sustainability; 7) using athletics as a tool for engagement; and 8) diversity and inclusive excellence.

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. A prolific researcher and writer, Dr. Harrison has published dozens of articles and two books.

Recognized for her leadership and service in higher education and other fields, Dr. Harrison has served on more than 80 boards and committees of national, state, and local organizations. She currently chairs the Steering Committee of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Network and serves as a commissioner on the WASC Senior College and University Commission. She has been appointed twice by California Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, having been initially appointed in 2011 and served in 2014 as chair of the Commission. She serves on the board of the American Council on Education (ACE), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the NCAA Board of Governors and the Division I Board of Directors. Her appointments at the NCAA include service on the NCAA Board of Governors’ Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence, the NCAA Division I Committee on Academics, the NCAA Division I Committee on Institutional Performance, and the NCAA Board of Governors’ Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity and Equity, which she chairs. She is also a past chair of the Big West Conference. She also serves on the educational leadership boards of the CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology, the CSU Technology Steering Committee, the CSU Commission on Online Education, the CSUPERB Presidents’ Commission, the CSU Presidents’ Council on Underserved Communities, and the Extended Education Task Force. She was chair of the Professional Development Committee and convener for the Women Presidents/Chancellors Group of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She was a presidential participant in the Fulbright-Hayes Seminars Abroad Program to Jordan and Oman.

As an active civic leader, she serves on the boards of directors for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Valley Economic Alliance and Valley Presbyterian Hospital. She is a member of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Leadership Council and the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and the Advisory Council of BizFed.

Dr. Harrison was awarded a Trailblazer Award by Leadership California in April 2015. She is the recipient of “A Tree of Life Award” from the Parent Institute for Quality Education for her contributions to the education of all children and was inducted into the Monterey Business Hall of Fame by the Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay. In January 2012, she was invited by the U.S. Department of Education to a national convening of “For Democracy’s Future: Education Reclaims Our Civic Mission” at the White House. Among the university’s achievements since Dr. Harrison’s arrival, CSUN was inducted into the San Fernando Valley Business Hall of Fame by the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) in June 2013. Since Dr. Harrison’s arrival, the university has also received several significant recognitions, including: being ranked among the top 25 in Nature magazine’s 2016 index of Rising Stars in science; two national awards in 2016 for sustainability, including the Excellence and Innovation Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and a Solution Generation’s Climate Leadership Award from the Hispanic Association of Universities and Colleges; the Eddy Award for Educational Leadership from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation in 2015; and induction into the San Fernando Valley Business Hall of Fame by the Valley Industry and Commerce Association in June 2013. In addition, in May 2018, Dr. Harrison will accept for CSUN the Excellence in Community Service Award from Valley Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Harrison and her husband, John Wujack, live in Northridge and have two adult children. She grew up in Mobile, Alabama and Short Hills, New Jersey.

The Academic Program

Our nine colleges offer 68 baccalaureate degrees, 58 master’s degrees, 14 teaching credential programs in the field of education, and various opportunities in extended learning and other special programs. The student-faculty ratio at California State University, Northridge is 27:1, and the school has 13.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78 percent.

  • Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, & Communication
  • David Nazarian College of Business and Economics
  • Michael D. Eisner College of Education
  • Engineering & Computer Science
  • Health & Human Development
  • Humanities
  • Oviatt Library
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • The Tseng College

The Student Body

California State University, Northridge had a total Fall 2017 undergraduate enrollment of 35,609, with a gender distribution of 45 percent male students and 55 percent female students. CSUN student activities include clubs and organizations, community service programs, leadership opportunities, and many ways to get involved in recreation and entertainment activities.

For a detailed look at the 2017 CSUN Profile of students, visit

Benefits Overview

CSUN offers you and your family a comprehensive benefits package including health plans, retirement plans, tuition reduction, and other employee programs. This website is intended to assist you with finding information and resources as you need it. We realize that making benefit choices and navigating the details of benefit coverage can be challenging. In these pages, we have attempted to provide you with the information you need to make the best coverage choices and to access information needed to manage your plan after you have made those choices.

Benefits include:

  • Health Care Plans
  • Retirement and Savings Plans
  • Disability and Life Insurance
  • Leave of Absence Plans
  • Fee Waivers
  • Flexible and Voluntary Benefits

For a more detailed look at benefits, visit the web page at

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096.