Distinguished Alumni

1999 – Marilyn Warrens

1975 Fine Arts

Marilyn WarrensMarilyn Warrens is a local businesswoman, community activist, and longtime patron of the arts in Chico and at CSU, Chico. Well known for her tireless efforts on behalf of the arts, Warrens endowed the Harlen Adams Scholarship in 1974, served as chair of the Laxson Auditorium renovation campaign, and led the 30th Anniversary Committee for Court Theater in 1996. In 1998 she established the Marilyn Warrens Musical Theater Scholarship and provided underwriting for three operettas over a six-year period.

A native Texan, Warrens moved with her husband, Ed, to California in 1955, eventually settling in Chico. She graduated with a degree in fine arts from CSU, Chico in 1975.

Warrens has participated in many local committees and functions and was honored with the Chico Rotary Club’s coveted Community Service Award in 1978. In 1969, for the 100th anniversary of the Bidwell Mansion, she organized Fiesta Rancho Chico as well as Las Senoras, a group that acts as official hostesses of Chico, raising money for the upkeep of Bidwell Mansion. She also chaired the Refurbishing of Laxon Auditorium Committee. She was president of the California Medical Association Alliance (formerly Auxiliary) and the Bicentennial Committee, which started the tradition of fireworks on the 4th of July in 1976. Warrens originated the Decorator’s Dream House for the Butte Glenn Medical Alliance in 1977 and has chaired two additional Dream Houses. In May 1992, Warrens spoke at the CSU, Chico commencement with a message that encouraged community involvement.

Warrens has always loved the theater and has appeared in Oklahoma!, Hello Dolly, The Nutcracker, Keeping Dance Alive, and The Student Prince. Warrens has two sons, Wade and Grant.