Honorary Doctorate Recipient

Doug Guerrero, Recipient
Honorary Doctorate

Doug GuerreroDoug Guerrero has had a large and lasting influence on the concrete industry and is now supporting its next generation. As cofounder of the first Concrete Industry Management (CIM) degree program in the Western United States in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management (ECC), he was instrumental in making Chico State home to one of only four CIM programs in the country.

In 2005, he was elected chair of the Chico CIM Patrons—a philanthropic group of individuals and organizations that have donated more than $3.6 million to support the program. Guerrero also serves on the CIM National Steering Committee, which provides scholarship and programming support to the four universities with concrete industry programs.

Together, the local CIM Patrons and national CIM program have supported CSU, Chico by funding student scholarships, supporting faculty salaries, helping renovate the ECC Concrete Lab, and hosting annual networking events that have resulted in a 100 percent job-placement rate for CIM graduates. Guerrero has also served on the CSU, Chico University Foundation Board of Governors since 2008, chairing the board from 2011–2013 and working with alumni, parents, and other community leaders to raise philanthropic support for our students, faculty, staff, and programs. 

Guerrero is a former US Navy lieutenant and he holds an executive MBA from St. Mary’s College of California and a BS in architectural engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Before retiring to Chico in 2007, he held executive positions at some of the largest cement and concrete companies in the world, including CEMEX, RMC, Lone Star Industries Inc., and Kaiser Cement Corporation. He worked with multinational corporations and congressional leaders to craft regulations that continue to impact the import, sale, production, and distribution of concrete in the United States.


Doug Guerrero’s partnership with Chico State is exemplary of our vision for the future— growing public-private partnerships that strengthen our academic programs and develop innovative curricula that match our faculty and students’ ambitions with the needs of the 21st century.