Campus: CSU Chico -- August 23, 2002
President Esteban to Step Down at End of 2002-2003
California State University, Chico President Manuel A. Esteban announced
Thursday, Aug. 22, during his annual fall Convocation address, that
he will step down at the end of the 2002-2003 academic year.
Esteban told the faculty and staff members gathered in Harlen Adams
Theatre that he had planned at the outset of his presidency to stay
in office only eight to 10 years. This spring will mark his 10th year
Esteban said he is proud of what he has accomplished and plans an active
year to finish his presidency. He said he and his wife, Gloria, plan
to stay in Chico. "We love this institution and community,"
he said. "You have made us feel a part of you."
The surprise announcement came at the end of Esteban's 50-minute address
on the past year's accomplishments and future plans of the university.
A hush fell over the standing-room-only audience as he said he planned
to leave his post as president. As he concluded his remarks, he received
a standing ovation, and faculty and staff came to the front of the stage
to wish Esteban well and thank him for his contribution to the university.
CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and the CSU Board of Trustees will appoint
a Trustees Committee for the Selection of the President in the near
future that will be chaired by a trustee. The selection process traditionally
takes approximately six months.
The committee is composed of the board chair, three trustees designated
by the committee chair, and the chancellor. There also is an advisory
group, called the Advisory Committee to the Trustees Committee for the
Selection of the President, which includes the chair of the CSU, Chico
Academic Senate, two faculty representatives, a staff person, a student,
a University Advisory Board member, an alumni member, one vice president
or dean from the campus and a president from another campus. The chair
of the board or the chancellor can appoint up to two more members.
Esteban assumed the position of president of CSU, Chico in August 1993.
Prior to coming to CSU, Chico, Esteban was provost and vice president
for academic affairs at Humboldt State University for three years. From
1987 to 1990, he was dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at California
State University, Bakersfield.
Esteban is a professor of French and Spanish. He began his teaching
career at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1973. In 1984, he was
named associate dean, Arts, Sciences and Letters. He served as acting
dean from 1986 to 1987.
Esteban received his bachelor of arts degree in French in 1969 and his
master's degree in Romance studies in 1970 from the University of Calgary.
He received his Ph.D. in French from the University of California, Santa
Barbara in 1976.
He has served or is serving in several national organizations (the American
Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and
Universities, and the U.S. Distance Learning Association) and regional
organizations (the CSU Commission on Extended Education, the CSU Institute
for Teaching and Learning, and the California Joint Policy Council on
Agriculture and Education). He also is a member of the Sierra Health
Foundation in Sacramento and the Enloe Medical Center Hospital in Chico.
He also is a member of Chico Rotary and has been a director of the Chico
Chamber of Commerce for four years.
Among the accomplishments during his presidency:
- Successful reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools
- University Strategic Plan developed
- Center for the Excellence in Teaching and Learning established
(Faculty and staff collaborate on designing successful and innovative
- $2 million Nettleton Stadium completed (Home to Chico State Wildcats
and Chico Heat, a Western Baseball League team.)
- University Research Foundation created
- University Advisory Board expanded (Membership doubled with many
important community and philanthropic leaders included.)
- President's Scholars Program established (Top high-school seniors
compete for $12,000 scholarships to CSU, Chico.)
- Warner Street Project completed (University worked with City of
Chico to widen main street through campus and build a parking area
and bridge over Big Chico Creek.)
Esteban is the 17th top administrator at CSU, Chico since it was founded
as the Northern Branch State Normal School of California in 1887.
Esteban, 62, is a U.S. citizen and native of Spain. He and his wife
have a daughter and two granddaughters.