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Cal State Northridge provost named interim president

December 15, 2011 |  5:12 pm


California State University Northridge Provost Harold Hellenbrand was appointed interim president of the university Thursday and will serve in the post until a new president is named to replace outgoing chief Jolene Koester, officials said.

Koester, 63, is retiring Dec. 31 after serving as president since 2000. The search for her successor began in October and was extended to include additional candidates in the pool.

Hellenbrand, 58, was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs in 2004. He also served as dean and professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and in academic posts at the University of Minnesota and Cal State San Bernardino.


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Photo: Harold Hellenbrand. Credit: Cal State Northridge