One Candidate Withdraws from CSU Chico Presidential Search

(October 13, 2003) – Karen S. Haynes, president of the University of Houston-Victoria, has withdrawn her name from consideration as the next president of California State University, Chico.

“After extensive soul searching, I made the decision to withdraw my name from further consideration for the position. In the course of the search process I learned that CSU Chico is an exceptional and vibrant university and I was honored to be among the outstanding slate of finalists,” Haynes said. “Whoever is selected will be a fine president for Chico.”

The Chico search process will move forward with two finalists. The candidates, and the dates they will make all-day visits to the campus, are:

  • Lois Muir, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Montana, Monday, October 20.
  • Paul J. Zingg, provost and vice president for academic affairs at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Tuesday, October 21.
The California State University Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Thursday, October 30, to interview the two finalists. The new president will be named shortly thereafter. The new leader would assume the presidency at a date to be determined.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 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.

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


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Last Updated: October 13, 2003

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