Paul J. Zingg
Paul J. Zingg

Dr. Paul J. Zingg

California State University, Chico

Office of the President


Paul J. Zingg has served as the 14th president of California State University, Chico since 2004. Since his appointment, Zingg has led the university to a 10-year re-accreditation award, created innovative academic and student service programs, and positioned the university among the nation’s leaders in civic engagement and sustainability. Zingg also developed a campus strategic plan that enables him to work more closely with faculty on the crucial issues of curriculum and teaching quality, including such elements as improving student retention and time to degree, and promoting diversity as a core value of the institution.

Zingg’s research interests focus on American higher education, including student learning, educational leadership, sports history and intercollegiate athletics. Zingg has received support for his research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, spoken and lectured extensively, and has published 12 books and over 100 articles.

Zingg has served nationally as an educational consultant and is currently an accreditation reviewer for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. His service also includes the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges Commission on Academic Affairs and Commission on Human Resources and Social Change. Zingg was also appointed a fellow of the American Council on Education and has served as chair of the California Central Coast Performing Arts Center Commission.

Academic Experience

President, California State University, Chico, 2004 to date.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1995-2003.

Dean, College of Liberal Arts, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1993-95.

Professor of History, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1993-2003.

Dean, School of Liberal Arts, and Professor of History, Saint Mary’s College of California, 1986-93.

Assistant to the President, University of Pennsylvania, 1983-86.

Vice Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Admissions, University of Pennsylvania, 1979-83.

Assistant Dean for Academic Advising, University of Pennsylvania, 1978-79.

Assistant/Associate Professor of American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania, 1978-86.

Dean for Academic Affairs, Daniel Hale Williams University, 1977-78.

Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of History and Political Science, St. Bernard’s College, 1975-77.

Instructor, Department of History, University of Georgia, Athens, 1970-74.


Ph.D., History, University of Georgia
M.A., History, University of Richmond
B.A., History, Belmont Abbey College