Higher Education Speaker Series: Passing On The Legacy

Higher Education Speaker Series

The Higher Education Speaker Series is designed to give entry-level to mid-level professionals an opportunity to gain a greater insight into leadership at the executive level.  Senior Management Professionals will present on their journey in Higher Education and the lessons learned through their career.

This fall semester Passing On The Legacy will occur in the following dates:

David Buckley presents “ When you get to the fork in the road, take it.” 

  • September 11
  • 12PM-1PM
  • BMU 210

David will discuss the “road’ that led him to Chico and his current position.  In particular he will discuss the myriad opportunities (and serendipity) he faced along the way. Selected stories include: BB King’s limo, Beastie Boy’s break out concert, Hunter Thompson’s gun, appointed tennis coach without any experience, Chico or San Jose, Fishbone in Montana, growing up with Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Jim Davenport and more…………….

David Buckley grew up in the San Francisco bay area (Palo Alto and San Carlos).  He graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Film as Communication. He has an MA from the University of Montana in Higher Education Administration.  He has 33 years of experience in higher education.  His work in higher education includes Clackamas Community College (Oregon), University of Montana and CSU, Chico.  David has worked at CSU, Chico for 26 years. He’s been the Executive Director of the Associated Students for 14 years and currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Life and Leadership and Executive Director for the Associated Students.  He’s been married  for 26 years to his lovely wife Kate Buckley who works as a career counselor in the Career Center at CSU, Chico.

Bradley Dodson presents “ One Day at a Time: Lessons Learned from years of experience in education.” 

  • September 25
  • 12PM-1PM
  • BMU 210

This session is designed to share lessons learned from working in the wonderful world of education.  We will investigate one approach to “advancing” in the workplace.  This session will be interactive so come ready and willing to engage in your own learning. 

Brad Dodson is currently a teacher educator in the College of Agriculture.  As the program coordinator, he manages the teacher credential program for Agriculture students interested in pursuing a teaching credential.  He teaches education courses and the two leadership courses offered in the college.  His interest in leadership began many years ago when he was hired into his first teaching position at Lemoore High School.  One of his duties was to serve as the advisor to a leadership development club, the FFA.  Six years later, he was hired at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and served as the advisor to the departmental club as well as taught Agricultural Education courses, supervised student teachers and coordinated the state in-service program for high school and community college teachers in California. 

There is where a deep passion for youth leadership development grew.  The focus of his graduate school experience at Texas A & M University was leadership and more specifically how to grow leaders.  Following graduation, Dr. Dodson was hired by the California Department of Education as a regional consultant.  His duties included training officer teams and assisting high school teachers train local chapter officer teams. He was also asked to serve as the State FFA Assistant advisor responsible for training the state officer team.  In 2000, he was hired here at CSU Chico to his current position.  While here, he taught the Capstone Leadership course for the Leadership minor, taught leadership conferences, and offered countless training for students and teachers on leadership development.  He continues to have interest in leadership and interpersonal skill development.

Dr. Pat Patterson 

  • October 9th
  • 12PM-1PM
  • BMU 210

"As professionals in a college setting, it is my belief that our role extends to students beyond the expectations of the job we were hired to do.  In this session, I will share my journey from inner-city Los Angeles to becoming a counseling psychologist, role model and mentor.  I will also share, from my perspective, ways to effectively mentor and nurture students through graduation and beyond."


Dr. Aldrich M. Patterson, Jr. was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is married to Dr. Chela Mendoza Patterson and the father of two children.  He holds a B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Irvine and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Dr. Patterson has the distinction of being the only licensed Black Psychologist north of Davis and has been employed at California State University, Chico’s Counseling & Wellness Center as a staff member since 1983.  He also maintains a part time private practice specializing in psychotherapy, training and consultation and is sought after as a motivation and success speaker.  “Dr. P” has mentored hundreds of Chico State students and has authored several articles dealing with multicultural/cross-cultural issues and the college student experience. 

Charles "CC" Carter presents "A jouney of Success"

  • October 23rd
  • 12PM-1PM
  • BMU 210

I developed a passion for helping people because of my life’s experiences. Growing up in foster homes gave me the insight that if I am to succeed I need to have a plan  that I believe in. I had to have the passion to succeed. It had to be rooted in my desire to make a difference in my life, and the life’s of others. 

It’s a journey of self-discovery, hope and desire. With many failures, and question about who I was and was I good enough to do what I wanted in life. Leading to the reality that if I am to succeed then it has to be my mission to help others do the same. To do anything less would be a failure. Passion is what drives me to succeed; success is helping others to fine their passion!

CC Carter is a graduate of California State University, Chico and has been working at Chico State since 1980. He is married and a proud father of three boys. CC has worked in the Student Activities Office, Office of Judicial Affairs, Department of Athletics, and is currently the Director of the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center and the Center for Student Life and Leadership. CC’s passions are his family, helping students to succeed, and playing sports. His ultimate goal in life is to build a Center that creates opportunities for student to make a true impact in the lives of other students.

Kim DuFour presents, "Attitude is Everything"

  • November 6
  • 12PM-1PM
  • BMU 210

"One of the things that I have learned during my 30 plus years in Higher Education is that “Attitude is Everything”.  During this workshop I will share with you how I have seen people and projects flourish because of a can-do-spirit and get-it-done attitude.  We will explore why some people just have that knack of getting things done, while others put up road blocks at every turn.   We will examine ways to blend your professional and personal lives as we all strive for balance."

Kim DuFour currently holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Chico. Her first job at Chico State was as the Director of CAVE in 1981, in 1983 she joined the Student Activities staff where she worked until 1988. She then moved to Sacramento and began working for Sutter Hospitals Foundation until 1993 when she returned to CSU Chico as the Director of Development for the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Engineering Computer Science and Technology. She became a member of the Advising and Orientation staff in August of 2005. In her current responsibilities as Interim Director of Academic Advising Programs she oversees all general academic advising operations and orientation programs.  Kim’s ultimate goal is student success and she believes that Academic Advising Programs strive to help students make the most of their educational choices.  She is proud to work in area that puts students first.

Luis Caraballo presents "From the Mountains of Puerto Rico to the Hallowed Halls of Chico State, A Journey of Success"

  • December 4
  • 12PM-1PM
  • BMU 210

Luis will answer the question, “What do you get when you take the country boy off the island?” A capturing journey that has encompassed countless miles spanning over several years from the mountains of Puerto Rico to hallowed halls of Chico State. This is a tale of a journey sprinkled with colorful experiences, challenges, and the opportunities encountered in life, community, and work. Luis will share how he has balanced this amalgamation of multifaceted and multi-dimensional experiences to lead within and among various categories of “communities” and how those experiences have resulted in his highly successful career.     

Luis Caraballo was born in Puerto Rico and raised between two mountain communities in the Cordillera Central

 of the island.  As the child of a career military officer, Luis had a cosmopolitan upbringing with continuous uprooting every 12 to 18 months, floating between Puerto Rico, Germany, California, Alabama, France, Arizona, Ohio and several points in between.  His adventures took him to the College of William and Mary, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration; Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, where he received his Juris Doctor; and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he received a Certificate in Public Administration.  Luis had a long and successful career in the public sector in Oregon where he worked at various executive levels including over a decade within the Office of the Governor. In addition, Luis has garnered substantial experience as a locally elected official through service as a member of numerous boards, commissions, and committees at both local and national levels. While the journey has been diverse, flamboyant and extensive, it has been replete with mixes of serendipity, barriers, and opportunities.  In 2012, Luis was hired at CSU, Chico to lead and manage Facilities Management and Services, where he currently serves as Assistant Vice President.

For more information please contact the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center at 530-898-4101 or email us at cultural@csuchico.edu or visit our website at www.csuchico.edu