University President Willie J. Hagan

Inauguration of
Dr. Willie J. Hagan

California State University, Dominguez Hills:
America Happens Here

On May 2, 2014, California State University, Dominguez Hills will celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Willie J. Hagan as the 10th president in the university’s 53-year history. Everyone who steps onto the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills senses the excitement and energy that President Hagan's leadership has brought to the university.

The inauguration of a president is a significant event in the life of a university. The occasion is a rare opportunity for the entire campus—faculty, students and staff—to reflect on the university's history, while also taking stock of its future.

Reflective of that purpose, the theme for the inauguration is "California State University, Dominguez Hills: America Happens Here."

More than half a century after its founding, California State University, Dominguez Hills serves as a conduit between the reality of today’s America and a vision put forth not just by the CSU, but also by the country’s founders. For if “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” truly are “inalienable rights,” so too must be affordable, accessible and quality higher education for those who seek it.

The investiture of Dr. Willie J. Hagan as the 10th president of California State University, Dominguez Hills provides an opportunity to reflect on the university’s proud history of manifesting these principles. It also is a time to reflect on how major issues facing today’s America, such as income inequality, security versus privacy, peace-building and critical and sometimes controversial scientific advances, unfold at CSU Dominguez Hills and how they impact us and we them.

California State University, Dominguez Hills was deliberately placed here in Carson, California, to serve as the intersection of promise and hope for a community in crisis and a source of quality education in a service area that includes some of the wealthiest and poorest communities in California.

A university where pride and purpose meet; where upward mobility begins; where public policy is created, diversity is celebrated, and where a  vision articulated more than 200 years ago is made real for a new generation through unprecedented access to affordable, quality higher education grounded in academic excellence.

America is a dream that happens every day.  America happens at California State University, Dominguez Hills.


Investiture Ceremony ›

Investiture means to formally invest a new leader with the authority of office, including the proper symbols and clothing. The term comes from the Latin verb, vestire, which means to dress, and vestis, which means robe. Use of the term for the formal installation of new leadership dates to feudal times.

CSUDH Students

Schedule of Events ›

The Presidential Inauguration Celebration includes special events and activities that will bring together students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community during the period prior to the Investiture Ceremony on May 2, 2014. Please check back for updates to the schedule.

Dr. Hagan in Library South 

President's Biography ›

Dr. Willie J. Hagan is the 10th president of California State University, Dominguez Hills, a comprehensive urban university located in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Established in 1960, CSU Dominguez Hills enrolls close to 15,000 students and awards more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees each year.

For the Media ›

CSU Dominguez Hills welcomes press coverage of the Inauguration of Dr. Willie J. Hagan on May 2, 2014. The Office of University Communications and Public Affairs serves as the primary contact for media inquiries. We ask that if media intend to write stories, take pictures or video to please let us know in advance so that we can help meet your needs and connect you with the right students, faculty or administrators.

Visitor Information ›

The CSU Dominguez Hills community is eager to provide an opportunity for everyone to experience our warm, caring campus. Whether this is your first visit to the university or a return visit, we extend a hearty welcome to you. Here you will find recommendations for things to see and do in Southern California, advice on hotels, and obtain more information about the campus and surrounding community. We look forward to your visit!

Sponsorship Opportunities ›

As California State University, Dominguez Hills celebrates the inauguration of its 10th president, Willie J. Hagan, we invite you to become a sponsor. Your support will go toward the costs of the inauguration as well as directly impact students.