Presidential Inauguration

Inauguration Speakers

Joel ZimbelmanJoel Zimbelman, Master of Ceremonies

Professor, Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities

Joel Zimbelman served as dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts from 2007 to 2014, concurrent with President Hutchinson’s tenure as dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He directed the activities of the Office of International Education 2015–16. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar to Hong Kong and taught with the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea. Zimbelman presently teaches and works part time in West and East Africa. He has worked at CSU, Chico for 30 years.


Lyn GangoneLynn M. Gangone, Guest Speaker

Vice President, ACE Leadership, American Council on Education

Lynn Gangone is a seasoned higher education leader with both association-based and campus senior leadership experience. She is responsible for guiding the American Council on Education’s suite of programs and services for current and future higher education leaders. She earned an EdD and MEd in higher and postsecondary administration from Columbia University; an MS and CAS in counseling psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York; and a BA in political science from The College of New Rochelle. Gangone is a 2010 graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.


Durell SiplinDurell B. Siplin, Guest Speaker

Teacher, Chico Unified School District

Durell Brandon Siplin Jr. is a fourth-grade teacher at Emma Wilson Elementary in Chico. Now in his 10th year of teaching, he aspires to become a principal and superintendent. A proud alumnus of Chico State, Siplin graduated with a BA in liberal studies in 2005 and an MA in educational leadership in 2013. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity’s Pi Delta chapter.


Richard RushRichard R. Rush, Guest Speaker

President Emeritus, California State University, Channel Islands

Richard R. Rush became founding president of CSU, Channel Islands in June 2001. As head of the 23rd and newest campus in the CSU system, he hired the founding faculty and senior administrative staff. He oversaw the creation and development of the University’s strategic, academic, and physical master plans; the budget and financial structure; infrastructure and road improvements; and the acquisition of adjacent land. He also successfully led the university’s efforts to achieve initial accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, as well as reaccreditation in 2015. President Rush holds a PhD in English renaissance literature and an MA in English literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.