The California State University Board of Trustees Names Paul J. Zingg as the New President of California State University, Chico

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(November 3, 2003) – Dr. Paul J. Zingg, provost and vice president for academic affairs at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, today was named the new president of California State University, Chico by the CSU Board of Trustees.

“I am extremely honored to have been selected, and I am eager to join with the faculty, staff and students to make CSU Chico even better,” Zingg said. “Coming from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, another residential campus, I know what the university means to the community, and I look forward to expanding on the good external relationships that former President Esteban established. We have a chance to work together on this educational journey and tell the university’s story locally, statewide and nationally.”

“Paul Zingg will make an outstanding president for CSU Chico because of his passion for higher education, student success and the CSU mission,” said Trustee Roberta Achtenberg, who chaired the presidential search committee. “As a current CSU administrator, he has the historical insight that will serve him well as the university deals with another budget crisis. He also is looking to expand Chico’s good relationships with the community, so the future looks very bright for Chico. I also want to thank the search committee for its skillful work to select the most qualified candidates for the campus.”

The new president succeeds 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 selected Zingg after a closed interview session with two finalists. President-elect Zingg will assume his leadership role at Chico on February 1. The trustees will set his salary at the November 19 board meeting.

Since its founding in 1887, Chico has had 13 presidents and five interim presidents, including the current interim president.

Zingg, 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 from 1993-95. He previously was the dean, School of Liberal Arts, at Saint Mary’s College of California from 1986-1993.

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 (Chicago), St. Bernard’s College (Alabama), 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.

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

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

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Last Updated: November 3, 2003

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