Campus: CSU Chico -- February 2, 2004

Zingg Starts Today as President of California State University, Chico

Paul J. Zingg begins his tenure today, Feb. 2, as the 14th president in the 117-year history of California State University, Chico.

Zingg, former provost and vice president for academic affairs at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, was selected by the CSU Board of Trustees in November to head CSU, Chico.

Former President Manuel Esteban, who led the campus for 10 years, retired in June 2003. Scott McNall, provost and vice president for academic affairs, has served the last seven months as interim president.

In a note to the campus community today, President Zingg praised the efforts of McNall and expressed his excitement at beginning his new job. Looking ahead, Zingg added, "The Chico story is a proud and distinguished one. This day, and every day, my principal goal will be to try to do all that I can to make the story stronger and more compelling. I can't wait to see how we will shape and tell this story together."

Zingg had been provost at Cal Poly since 1995, where he also served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1993 to 1995. He previously was the dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Saint Mary's College of California from 1986 to 1993.

A historian, Zingg has published extensively on American sports history. Other areas of expertise are American higher education and American diplomatic history. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and master's degree from the University of Richmond. He did his undergraduate work at Belmont Abbey College.

California State University, Chico, founded in 1887, is the second oldest state university campus in California. Rated number three among master's level public universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, CSU, Chico prides itself on the success of its students—over the past four years, students have won national contests in business, journalism, engineering, construction management, forensics and political science. The university is well known for its high-quality programs, outstanding residential life and beautiful campus set in downtown Chico.

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