President Emeritus

California State University, Northridge

Senior Associate


Dr. Jolene KoesterPrior to serving as president of California State University, Northridge, from 2000-2011, Dr. Jolene Koester served in numerous academic and administrative positions at California State University, Sacramento—including provost and vice president for academic affairs. As a faculty member, and now Coordinator  of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) New Presidents Academy, Dr. Koester’s primary teaching assignments have included “Shaping the Organization through Team Building,” “Interpretative Leadership through Presidential Communication,” and “The Nature of the Presidency.”  She also is a published scholar in the area of intercultural communication.


Team and leadership development,  executive coaching, strategic planning

Service Highlights

  • Past chair, AASCU Board of Directors
  • Chair, AASCU Working Group on Learning Outcomes for the Voluntary System of Accountability
  • Member, Executive Committee of AASCU’s Millennium Leadership Institute
  • Chair, Steering Committee for the AASCU, SHEEHO, and CCSSO partnership to facilitate the implementation of the Common Core Standards (College Readiness Partnership)
  • Past member, Board of Directors Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Past member, Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley Board of Directors
  • Past member, Valley Industry and Commerce Association Board of Directors
  • Past member, Los Angeles World Affairs Council
  • Past member, Los Angeles Jobs and Economy Committee


  • Armand Arabian Leaders in Public Service Award
  • Leaders of Character Award
  • 10th Anniversary Women in Business Award
  • 2004 Pioneer Woman Award, Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Beta Delta
  • Phi Kappa Phi


  • Ph.D., B.A., University of Minnesota
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison