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The President’s First 100 Days in Visuals

Dr. Pardis Mahdavi became the 19th president of the University of La Verne on August 15. The community has embraced and welcomed the internationally recognized and highly accomplished academic, author, and higher education leader.

Convocation 2023

August 23, 2023
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President Mahdavi joined on August 15, just as the university welcomed its largest-ever incoming fall class.

Students, faculty, and staff gathered together outside the Sports Science and Athletics Pavilion on August 23 to celebrate the beginning of the fall semester at Convocation. This was the first time University of La Verne President Pardis Mahdavi addressed the community at-large.

“Know that you are firmly planted as a Leo. And you will be forever connected to a framework of go-getters, world-changers, transformative thinkers, and paradigm-shifters.”

“And if you remember nothing else of anything I say, remember these three words: own your narrative. Make it a priority to continue to develop your story and your character.”

Leap Into Action

September 9, 2023
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Community Engagement Day — September 9, 2023

In the weeks leading up to President Mahdavi’s inauguration, the Leap Into Action community service pledge campaign was launched as an exciting way to celebrate the beginning of a new era in the university’s history, while also giving back to communities near and far. From donating food and clothing to mentoring youth, hundreds of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and local community partners pledged their time and talents to make a positive impact and build lasting bridges in our communities.


This initiative continues. We want to see YOU leap into action in your community! Make the pledge and share your stories on social media at @ulaverne.

Visit to pledge today!

First Video Message

August 1, 2023

“The time is now—and the University of La Verne is the kind of institution that we need to lean into and live into the mission of higher education to engage social transformation and uphold democracy that our world needs today.”

19th Presidential Inauguration

October 13, 2023
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President Mahdavi takes her oath of office with San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Lisa M. Rogan, JD ’01.

On a beautiful fall afternoon, anticipation filled the air as hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni, esteemed guests, and friends gathered to inaugurate the University of La Verne’s 19th president, Pardis Mahdavi, PhD., and celebrate the institution’s core values, collective impact, and commitment to bridging educational excellence, equality, and innovation with the region and beyond.

The event, held on the historic campus in the City of La Verne on October 15, 2023, featured community, culture, and collected thoughts on the university’s impact in the next era.