Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, incoming president, had a whirlwind day at California State University, Northridge on March 27. She began before 9 a.m. with a meeting with Interim President Harry Hellenbrand. Afterward, she met with her new staff, Associated Students leadership, college deans, vice presidents and other campus leaders. She then toured the 365-acre campus, stopping at the new Student Recreation Center, the Matador Statue and the Valley Performing Arts Center. She also participated in an open reception with the campus community. She ended the day with a visit to her new home. She’s shown exiting the “Office of the President” golf cart to visit a campus landmark. Photo by Lee Choo.
Incoming President Harrison – flanked by Tom McCarron (left), vice president for administration and finance, and Colin Donahue, associate vice president for facilities development and operations – headed to the new state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center. Photo by Lee Choo.
Students stopped to welcome incoming President Harrison to campus during a visit to the Matador Statue. Although Harrison is coming from CSU Monterey Bay, the third smallest campus in the CSU, she is no stranger to large campuses. She spent 30 years working at Florida State University, a large public research institution with more than 40,000 students, 12 academic colleges and 15 deans. Photo by Lee Choo.
In addition to meeting with the campus community, Harrison spent part of the day introducing herself to local media. In the picture, she is interviewed by Daily News photographer Michael Owen Baker in front of the Valley Performing Arts Center. Photo by Lee Choo.
Student leaders talk with incoming President Harrison about campus issues after her speech in the courtyard of the Valley Performing Arts Center. Harrison, who will arrive full-time on June 11, said she welcomes feedback from the campus community and plans to appoint an ad hoc transition advisory group to “advise” her on the formal and informal ways and traditions of the campus. Photo by Lee Choo.
Hundreds of faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters attended a reception for Harrison in the courtyard of the Valley Performing Arts Center. During her first public address to the campus, Harrison described herself as a “transparent and collaborative” leader who appreciates talent, hard work, strong campus leaders and a sense of humor. She also outlined her first 90-day priorities. Photo by Lee Choo.
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