Distinguished Alumni

Each year the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, together with the University, recognizes one of its outstanding alumni. These individuals serve as role models for students of today by highlighting how the California State University, Chico experience has made a difference in their lives.

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2013 - Kelli Chipperoni

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College of Humanities & Fine Arts

BA English, Class of 1998
Honor Year: 2013

Current Position:
Executive Editor, Chronicle Books

Kelli Chipponeri started her career as an assistant editor at Simon & Schuster. She then moved to a senior editor position at Penguin, where she edited series, chapter, and novelty books. She took a brief break to teach high school English in Sacramento, which taught her how teens think, read, and interact with fiction, nonfiction, art, music, and poetry. Chipponeri then moved to Philadelphia as the editorial director at Running Press Kids, where she edited two New York Times best-selling books. She is currently the executive editor in the Children's Group at Chronicle Books. She has also served as juror for the Women’s National Book Association Pannell Award.

2012 – Victoria “Missy” McArthur

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College of Humanities & Fine Arts


BA English, Class of 1972

Current Position:

Councilmember, City of Redding

The former mayor for the City of Redding, Victoria “Missy” McArthur has extensive experience in volunteerism. In addition to being elected to the Redding City Council, Shasta County voters have also voted her to the Shasta College Board of Trustees. From Redding Rotary to the Methamphetamine Task Force, McArthur has proven herself to be a “go to” person for getting things done in the community. She currently sits on the University Advisory Board for CSU, Chico, and frequently lends her talents to helping the University accomplish its goals. McArthur is co-owner of the Redding Heat, a minor league football team, and has been honored with the Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa Woman of the Year Award.



2012 Distinguished Alumni honorees share their experience and advice with students at a panel discussion moderated by President Paul Zingg.
- Filmed on April 20, 2012.