CSU, Chico News

New Dean Named for College of Natural Sciences

Date: 04-20-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Frederika (Fraka) Harmsen has been named dean of the College of Natural Sciences at California State University, Chico.

Harmsen is currently associate dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University, Fresno. She will start her new position at CSU, Chico July 1. She replaces Margaret Owens, who has served as interim dean since March 2010.

“Fraka comes to us with outstanding experience as a faculty member, chair and associate dean,” said Sandra Flake, provost and vice president for academic affairs, in a message to campus. “The extensive interview and search process affirmed that the excellent record she will bring us in teaching, research and external support, advancement and leadership is a solid match for the needs of CSU, Chico.”

Harmsen has been associate dean at CSU, Fresno since 2007. Prior to that, she was chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the university for four years. She joined the CSU, Fresno faculty in 1985.

“I am excited about the opportunity of joining a dynamic college that is held in such high regard within the CSU,” Harmsen said. “I look forward to leading the college in these challenging times, and I am grateful for the opportunity to make a positive difference. I am committed to building upon existing strengths and implementing new and innovative ideas in collaboration with the faculty and staff.

Harmsen did her undergraduate and graduate work at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. She received her Ph.D. in geology in 1984.

In 2006 she was awarded Phi Kappa Phi special recognition membership for outstanding service to CSU, Fresno and the community of Fresno. In 1998 she won an Outstanding Performance Award, and in 1988 a Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award at CSU, Fresno.