The California State University Announces Three Finalists for the Presidency of California State University, Chico

Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, (562) 951-4801, cbentley-adler@calstate.edu

(October 8, 2003) –The California State University today named three candidates as finalists for the presidency of California State University, Chico.

The candidates, and the dates they will visit the campus, are:

  • Lois Muir, provost and vice president for academic affairs, University of Montana, on Monday, October 20.
  • Paul J. Zingg, provost and vice president for academic affairs, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, on Tuesday, October 21.
  • Karen S. Haynes, president, University of Houston-Victoria, on Wednesday, October 22.

Each of the three will spend a day on the campus, meeting faculty, staff, students and the community. An open forum will be held daily for the campus community from 1:30-2:30 p.m. An open reception will be held at 5:15 p.m. each day. (There will be daily media access from 2:30-2:45 p.m.)

“These are three remarkable individuals, any one of whom would be an outstanding president for CSU Chico,” said Trustee Roberta Achtenberg, chair of the presidential search committee. “Each has the experience to lead the university into the future and to build upon former President Esteban’s outstanding accomplishments.”

The new president will succeed former President Manuel Esteban who had led the campus for 10 years and been with the California State University for 16 years until he retired last summer. Interim President Scott McNall will return to his former campus position of provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The CSU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting October 30 to interview the three finalists. The new president is expected to be named shortly thereafter. The new leader would assume the presidency on a date to be determined.

Muir, 55, a professor of psychology, has been the provost at Montana since 2000. Previously, she was an associate provost at Kent State University; dean of Graduate Studies and dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University; and the executive assistant to the chancellor and a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She also has held academic positions at the University of South Dakota, Rutgers and Indiana University.

Her Ph.D. in psychology is from the State University of New York at Stony Brook; her master’s degree in family and child development is from Auburn University; and her bachelor’s degree in psychology is from the University of Texas at Austin.

Zingg, 56, a professor of history, has been provost at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo since 1995, where he also served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He previously was the dean, School of Liberal Arts, at Saint Mary’s College of California. At the University of Pennsylvania, he was the assistant to the president; vice dean for Undergraduate Studies and Admissions, College of Arts and Sciences; and assistant dean for Academic Advising, College of Arts and Sciences. He also held academic positions at Daniel Hale Williams University, St. Bernard’s College, and the University of Georgia.

His degrees are all in history: his Ph.D. is from the University of Georgia; his master’s degree is from the University of Richmond; and his bachelor’s degree is from Belmont Abbey College.

Haynes, 57, has been president of the University of Houston-Victoria since 1995. A professor of social work, she previously was the dean of the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Houston (Houston). Prior to Houston, she was a faculty member in social work at Indiana University; the managing director, international resource development, International Business Associates in Cairo, Egypt, where she also served as a consultant; a faculty member at Southwest Texas State University; and the director of the social work division, sociology department, Mary Hardin-Baylor College.

Her degrees are all in social work: her Ph.D. is from the University of Texas at Austin; her master's degree is from McGill University in Montreal, Canada; and her bachelor's degree is from Goucher College in Maryland.

The search for a new Chico president began in April 2003. The search committee is composed of three trustees plus the board chair, the CSU chancellor, a CSU president, Chico faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives, and a community person.

For more information on the candidates and the campus, go to executive search.

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. See www.csuchico.edu.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 414,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu.

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Last Updated: October 8, 2003

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