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Stanford Cazier
Rudolph Lindquist Carleton Ritter
Manuel A. Esteban
Scott McNall
Clarence Studley
Robert L. Fredenburg Elmer Miller
Charles Van Liew
Aymer J. Hamilton Lew Oliver Allison Ware
Robert Eugene Hill Charles Osenbaugh Robin Wilson
George Kendall Robert Pennell Paul J. Zingg
  Edward T. Pierce  
 Edward Timothy Pierce, LLD : Principal , 1889-1893
Edward Pierce
Edward Pierce

Edward T. Pierce was born in New York State in 1851 He graduated from the New York Normal School at Albany and from the law school at Union University. Later he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Pedagogy. After teaching for a few years in New Jersey, he moved to California where he was Superintendent of the Pasadena school system from 1883 - 1889. In 1889, he was elected as first Principal of Chico Normal School.

In his autobiography, he said "I felt then and still feel that God can give no man or woman any higher or more exalted work than that of training teachers...". He also felt that in the four years he was in Chico the Normal School was a good moral and intellectual influence on the town.

As first principal, he chose the faculty, began recruiting students, and planned the curriculum for the normal school. As an administrator he was firm and instilled the institution with high moral and academic standards. He started the model training school in 1890.

Pierce was married in 1877 to Isabel Woodin who was also an educator and taught in the schools at Pasadena and at the Chico Normal School. In 1893, he left Chico to accept the position of president of the Los Angeles Normal School. He remained there until 1904 when he retired. He died in Sierra Madre in 1919.

 
 Robert F. Pennell, AB : Principal, 1893-1897
Robert Pennell
Robert Pennell

Robert F. Pennell was born in Maine in 1850 and received his AB degree from Harvard University. In 1889 he was in California and was principal of the Marysville schools. From 1890 - 1893 he was principal of the Stockton Schools. In 1893, he was elected principal of the normal school at Chico. During his term of office, he promoted the beginning of the Normal Record as the school newspaper and the ungraded or country school was added to the training school.

In an introduction to the Normal Record, he wrote " We are trying to lay our course on the broad foundation of scholarship and practical teaching".

In January 1896 the graduating class, which had arrived at the normal school at the same time as he did, presented him with a gold headed cane to show their respect and esteem. In 1897, a newly appointed Board of Trustees replaced him with Carlton Ritter.

Pennell and his wife, Eleanor, had one son. Robert Pennell died in San Francisco in 1905.

 
 Carleton M. Ritter : President,  1897- 1899
Carleton Ritter
Carleton Ritter

Carleton M. Ritter was born in New York State in 1850 and graduated from the New York State Normal School in Albany. In 1871, he became a school principal and mathematics teacher in Stockton, California where he remained until 1889. In that year, he was appointed to the first faculty of the State Normal School at Chico as a mathematics teacher. In 1897, he was elected president of the school.

His accomplishments as head of the normal school included the addition of a kindergarten department, the introduction of child study and philosophy of education classes, and the teaching of methods in science and history.

Ritter was married in 1881 to Matilda C. Peterson. They had a family of three sons.

When Ritter left Chico Normal School in 1899 he attended Stanford University for advanced work and then returned to Stockton as high school principal. He retired in 1906 and returned to the family farm in New York State. He came back to California in 1920 and died in Stockton in 1926.

 
 Charles C. Van Liew : President, 1899- 1910
Charles Van Liew
Charles Van Liew
 

Charles C. Van Liew was born in 1862 and was educated through high school in Illinois. His Ph.D. degree was earned in Germany at the University of Jena and the University of Leipzig in 1893. In 1888 he married Ida J. Traver and they had two children. He taught in normal schools in Illinois, was professor of psychology and pedagogy at the California Normal School at Los Angeles, and was superintendent of the training school. In 1899 he was elected president of the normal school at Chico.

Dr. Van Liew took an active part in improving education in California, serving on statewide committees. His publications included "Normal Schools of California: and "Phonics and Reading".

In 1910 he was ousted by the Board of Trustees, at the direction of Governor Gillett, for unprofessional conduct, although earlier the Board had held a hearing and exonerated him.

After leaving Chico he worked with textbook companies in the San Francisco area. He retired in 1938 and died in 1946.

 

 Allison Ware : President, 1910 - 1917
Allison Ware
Allison Ware
Born in Santa Rosa, California in 1880, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with subjects for a legal career as well as one in education. He passed the California Bar examination but became a teacher at the San Francisco State Normal School. As chairman of the section on education of the Commonwealth Club, as a lecturer at Teachers' Institutes and Conventions, and as an author and public speaker, he was in close contact with the problems of elementary, high and normal schools.

Under Ware's leadership, the preparatory department of the Chico State Normal school decreased, while the professional department grew. Due to the increase in the number of high schools the preparatory department gradually closed. Ware also was instrumental in the establishment of the model rural training school.

In August 1917, Ware took leave to attend the Officers Reserve Training Camp in San Francisco. In November 1917, he was assigned to the 53rd Infantry in Nogales and he offered his resignation which was rejected. In May 1918, his resignation was accepted.

In 1919 he was discharged from the Army and set up a law practice in Chico. His first wife, Maude Boyne died in 1954 and he married Pansy Laughlin. Allison Ware was honored at Chico State Homecoming in 1956 and died in November of that year.

  Elmer Isaiah Miller : Acting President, 1910 and December 1917 - July 1918
E. I. Miller
E. I. Miller
E. I. Miller served at Chico Normal School as a teacher of history, economics, and political science and as vice president. He came to Chico in 1898 and retired in 1935.

Miller was born in Ohio in 1862 and attended Ohio Normal University. He had AB and MA degrees from Stanford and was a principal at Palo Alto High School. In 1907, he received a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University.

Miller was active in Chico community affairs and in educational interests in Chico and the state. He was named acting president for a brief time between Van Liew's departure and Allison Ware's arrival in 1910. He was also named acting president when Ware took a leave of absence for military training and service in the U.S. Army in 1917.

 

  Charles Osenbaugh : President, 1918 - 1930
Charles Osenbaugh
Charles Osenbaugh
Charles Merrill Osenbaugh was appointed as president of Chico State Normal School in August 1918. Born in Ohio in 1870, he was educated at Northwestern Missouri State Teachers College and later earned BA and MA degrees at Denver University. He was a principal at several schools in Missouri, Colorado and at San Jose, California.

In 1918 Osenbaugh was elected president of Chico State Normal School. In 1921 the school became Chico State Teachers College and began to offer a bachelor's degree with a four year curriculum.

Osenbaugh began the Mount Shasta Summer School in 1919. This school was very popular and continued to thrive until World War II when summer school was returned to the Chico campus. Also during his years as president he worked to build up the school, make Chico State a leader in rural education and to improve college-community relations

He was married to Bess Anderson and they had two children, a son and a daughter. He died in Chico in November 1930.

  Clarence Knight Studley : Acting President, December 1930 - January 1931
Clarence Studley
Clarence Studley
Clarence Studley was born in Modoc County, California in 1877. He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford and a master's degree from University of California at Berkeley. He taught at Lompoc High School before coming to Chico Normal School in 1907.

At Chico he taught physics, geography, and geology, was department head, and was named vice president in 1918. When Osenbaugh died on December 5, 1930, Studley was named Acting President until the arrival of Rudolph Lindquist in February 1931 He was commended by the faculty for the able way he managed the administration of the college in addition to his own duties.

He taught at the Mt. Shasta summer school and was an avid golfer.

He was married and had three children. He retired from Chico State College in 1945 and died in Chico in January 1951.

 

  Rudolph D. Lindquist : President, February 1931 - August 1931
Rudolph D. Lindquist
Rudolph D. Lindquist
Rudolph Lindquist served as president of Chico State Teachers College for five months, completing the 1930-1931 school year begun under President Charles Osenbaugh.

Lindquist, born in Oakland, California, in 1888, began his teaching career in 1907 in rural Minnesota schools. After two years, he moved to Kansas to teach in private schools for two years before returning to California to attend the University of California in Berkeley. After receiving his degree in education in 1915, Lindquist served as vice-principal and football coach at Elko (Nevada) High School.

He returned to Berkeley in 1919 and served in numerous administrative positions while earning a master's degree. He became assistant superintendent of schools in Oakland in 1927, a position he held until his appointment as President of Chico State Teachers College. He moved to Chico and assumed his new position on February 1, 1931, relieving acting President Studley.

Lindquist was married and had a ten-year old daughter at the time of his appointment. Lindquist had served two years with the 363rd Infantry, including an overseas tour.

While at Chico State Teachers College, Lindquist became nationally recognized as an administrator, served on the California Curriculum Board, and frequently spoke at meetings and conventions of school administrators and teachers.

In spring 1931, Ohio State University approached Lindquist to develop and direct an experimental school for them. He accepted the position, which began in the fall of 1931. Lindquist directed the Thirteenth Annual Chico State Teachers College Summer Session at Mt. Shasta, Ca., (June 22, 1931 - July 31, 1931), and ended his association with Chico State teachers College on August 1, 1931.

In 1943, he returned to California and served as Superintendent of Schools in Santa Barbara until his death in 1948 following an automobile accident.

 

  Aymer Jay Hamilton : President, August 1931 - June 1950
Aymer Jay Hamilton
Aymer Jay Hamilton
On June 27, 1931, the State Board of Education named A. J. Hamilton, Associate Professor of Education at the Claremont Colleges (Claremont, Ca.) to succeed R. D. Lindquist.

Hamilton graduated from Clarion (Pennsylvania) State Normal and San Jose (California) State Normal before enrolling at the University of California at Berkeley where he received his A.B. (1923), M.A. (1923), and his Ed. D. (1927). Dr. Hamilton taught in rural Pennsylvania schools and worked as a school principal in Pennsylvania and California (Petaluma and Berkeley). At the college level, he taught at the University of California (Berkeley) before moving to the Claremont Colleges. He also taught summer sessions at the National University in Mexico City. In 1932, while president at Chico, he taught a summer session at Buffalo (New York) State Teachers College.

The first public reception for a Chico president was held for Dr. and Mrs. Hamilton in October 1931. In 1932, the school unveiled a growth plan and announced that ten majors, plus the traditional program in education, would be available in the 1932-33 school year.

Dr. Hamilton presided over substantial growth and constant change in his 19 years as president. The physical plant expanded beginning with the new library (now Trinity Hall) between 1931 and 1933. Campus landscaping, a California Travel College Cruise, extension courses, new registration methods, conversion of Bidwell Hall to a student union, the establishment of the Chico State College Foundation, and mid-year commencement exercises all began under Dr. Hamilton. He also saw the creation of numerous pre-professional programs (health, engineering, accounting, and others), housing for veterans, a snack bar and cafeteria, and a new industrial arts complex.

He dealt with numerous problems including severely restricted funding during the Depression and World War II. Major fluctuations in class size during the war were a recurring problem. The student population dropped from over 800 students in 1939 to 234 in 1942 before increasing to 1156 in 1947. Military service staff, and the Mt. Shasta Summer Session was moved to Chico to reduce expenses.

Towards the end of his tenure, ground clearing commenced for construction of new facilities for chemistry, music, theater, and numerous offices. He was honored with the naming of the Aymer J. Hamilton Elementary School in December 1949. In January 1950, plans for the first master's degree were announced.

In November 1949, Dr. Hamilton announced his retirement as of July 31, 1950, and ensured a smooth transition working with the new President, Glenn Kendall, after his selection and arrival in April 1950.

 

  George Glenn Kendall : President, July 1950 - July 1966
George Glenn Kendall
George Glenn Kendall
Dr. Glenn Kendall received a bachelor's degree (A. B.) from Western Kentucky State Teachers College (1925), a master's degree from the University of Kentucky (1931), and his Ed. D. from Columbia University (1941). Kendall was born in Unionville, Tennessee, September 11, 1901. He was married, and he and his wife Susan had three children: Glenn, Jr., Marjorie, and Fred.

Between 1925 and 1940, Kendall served as a teacher and principal in Kentucky schools before becoming Superintendent of Schools in Norris, Tennessee. From 1941 to 1945, he was Chief of Educational Services in the Immigration and Naturalization Service. In 1945, Dr. Kendall became Dean of Education and Director of Summer Session at the University of Maine. He then moved west to be Chairman of the Division of Education and Dean of Summer Session at San Francisco State College, positions he held until his appointment as Chico State College president in April 1950.

Kendall's sixteen-year administration covered tremendous growth from 1540 students to nearly 6000 and faculty increases from 78 to 305. Kendall re-organized the school administration several times to cope with the growth, first in 1950, and last in 1963. He faced fluctuating enrollment as the student body dropped during the Korean War, and then rapidly increased beginning in 1954 when new enrollment records were set, an annual event thereafter. Programs in agriculture, engineering, anthropology, social welfare, and nursing were developed during his presidency. The master's programs were developed and expanded. Despite constant budget restrictions and delays, the physical plant increased by more than a dozen buildings during this time.

Dr. Kendall faced numerous campus issues during his tenure, culminating in the 1960s with faculty issues (including the newly formed State Faculty Senate), free speech issues, the beginnings of the Vietnam War protests, and civil rights activism.

Kendall, active in local civic organizations, was also active professionally and served as President of the Association of State Colleges and Universities during the 1964-65 academic year. He retired in 1966.

On September 16, 2001, Kendall celebrated his 100th birthday at a party hosted by the University and the community. He was presented with a California legislative resolution honoring his service. He died March 5, 2003 in Chico.

  Robert Eugene Hill : President, August 1966 - August 1970
Robert Hill
Robert Eugene Hill
Dr. Hill's appointment as the 12th president of Chico State College was announced April 21, 1966.

Hill, born in Kincaid, Illinois, on December 9, 1925, married Mary Williams in 1950 and they had one son, David. Dr. Hill served with the United States Army in Korea, graduated from Illinois Wesleyan with a bachelor's degree in economics (1950), and earned an MBA in Finance at Indiana University in 1955. In 1957, Hill received his PhD in finance from the University of Alabama.

Dr. Hill served as assistant professor of finance at the University of Illinois (1957-58), and then as Chairman of first year programs at the Illinois Graduate School of Business (1959-60). He moved to Kent State University as associate professor of economics-finance (1960-64), and then professor of economics-finance and Dean of the College of Business Administration (1964-65). He was professor of economics and Dean of the School of Business at Southern Illinois University at the time of his appointment to Chico State College.

Hill participated in numerous professional organizations, received many academic awards, published frequently, presented papers regularly, and obtained constant research grants. Dr. Hill also taught economics while president at Chico State College.

Hill presided over four turbulent years at Chico. Hill managed student tuition protests, faculty and student uproar over the Vietnam War, and presided over the opening of the Engineering Building, Taylor Hall, Whitney Hall and the Bell Memorial Union.

Hill announced his resignation as president on July 18, 1970. He resigned to take a position with W. Clement Stone, a Chicago philanthropist and Chairman of the Board of Combined Insurance Companies of America.

  Lew Dwight Oliver : President, September 1970 - June 1971
Lew Dwight Oliver
Lew Dwight Oliver
Dr. Oliver became acting president of Chico State College following the resignation of Dr. Hill, but immediately announced that his acceptance was for an interim period, as he did not wish to become the permanent president of Chico State College.

Oliver, born July 9, 1911, in Barnesville, Minnesota, received his BA at the Ecole Libre de Science Politiques (France), majoring in Political Science. A master's degree from the University of Arizona followed in 1934, and he earned his Ph.D. in 1940 from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Oliver arrived in Chico in 1943 after teaching at the University of Arizona (1934-36), the University of California, Berkeley (1936-38), and Modesto Junior College (1940-43).

At Chico State College, Dr. Oliver taught history, served as chairman of the Social Sciences Division twice, and as History Department head. Oliver received an Outstanding Teacher Award for 1969-70. He also served as chairman of the Faculty Senate committees on Education Policies and Bargaining, and as President of the Faculty Senate. In 1969, Oliver became Vice-president for Academic Affairs, a position he held until his appointment as Acting President.

Upon his appointment, Oliver called for a year of "rest" after the previous four years of heightened activity. Oliver, however, faced constant pressure over faculty promotion, retention, and tenure issues as well as grievance procedures. Severe state budget cuts restricted faculty pay and positions. Student demonstrations and arrests as well as increasing housing shortages occupied also him. Oliver supported student involvement in campus administration, innovative teaching methods, and worked to balance financial resources and campus needs. Campus enrollment passed the 10,000-student level despite funding cuts for faculty positions. Oliver retired in June 1971.

Oliver was active in the community, serving eleven years on the Butte County Planning Commission, and also served on the Hospital Board. He was a member, and past president, of the California County Planning Commissioners as well as a member of the Merit System Board of the California Department of Social Welfare.

Dr. Oliver and his wife Marcella planned to travel extensively after his retirement, but he was slowed by health problems in 1972 and died in the San Francisco Presbyterian Hospital following a massive heart attack in May 1977.

Stanford Cazier :  President, July 1971 – August 1979 

Stanford Cazier
Stanford Cazier
Dr. Stanford Cazier, Vice-Provost of Utah State University, became the new president of Chico State College in July 1971.

Cazier, born on June 11, 1930, in Nephi, Utah, obtained his BA (1952) and MA (1956) degrees from the University of Utah, He subsequently earned a PhD in history at the University of Wisconsin in 1964. Cazier served as an Ensign in the U. S. Navy during 1952-53.   He and his wife Shirley had three sons.

Cazier’s administration was marked by student involvement, faculty growth and unionization, campus expansion, and continual budget problems. Chico State College changed to California State University, Chico, on June 1, 1972.  Plumas, Butte, Holt, and Sutter halls were completed in Dr. Cazier’s first two years. The Student Health Center was finished, the gym renamed Acker Gym, and the auditorium and administration buildings were remodeled under Dr. Cazier’s supervision.

Students protesting the arming of campus security personnel occupied the administration building in late 1975 and early 1976. Cazier also dealt with major community/campus issues such as the proposed re-routing of Warner Street and a planned multi-level garage on 2nd Street.

In April 1979, Dr. Cazier left CSUC to assume the presidency of Utah State University where he served until his retirement in 1992. The Science and Technology Library at Utah State University was named in his honor in 1998.

Despite the numerous emotional issues he faced in his eight years in Chico, he received generous praise from student leaders, faculty, staff, and system-wide officials for his accessibility, leadership, and support of all segments of the academic community.

 

Robert L. Fredenburg : Acting President, August 1979 – August 1980
Robert L. Fredenburg
Robert L. Fredenburg

Dr. Robert Fredenburg served as Acting President of California State University, Chico, from August 1979, following the departure of Dr. Cazier, until the arrival of Dr. Robin Wilson in August 1980.

Fredenburg was born in Antwerp, New York, on November 28, 1921. He earned a BA (1956), MA (1959), and a PhD (1965) from Syracuse University. His field was science education.

Following service with the U.S. Army in Europe (1942-46), Fredenburg operated a family hardware business in upstate New York, attended college part-time, and began his teaching career. In 1959, he arrived at Chico as a faculty member of the Physical Sciences Department. Fredenburg served as Department Chair, as Chairman of the Faculty Council, and participated in numerous department, college, and university committee projects. Dr. Fredenburg also served as a consultant to numerous Northern California school districts.

In 1969, Dr. Fredenburg moved into administration and served as Director of International Programs, Dean of Undergraduate Education, and filled several positions in Academic Affairs before being named Vice-President for Academic Affairs in 1977.

During Dr. Fredenburg’s year, the state budget crisis continued to complicate University affairs. A great deal of Dr. Fredenburg’s time was dedicated to supervising the planning for potential budget cuts. Campus protests over draft registration and the Iranian hostage situation disrupted campus, but drew support from Dr. Fredenburg as legitimate free speech activities.

Following Dr. Wilson’s arrival in August 1980, Dr. Fredenburg returned to his duties as Vice-president for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Fredenburg and his wife Marjorie had five children. He remained in Chico until his death April 8, 2000.

 

Robin Wilson : President, August 1980 – July 1993
Robin Wilson
Robin Wilson
Dr. Robin Wilson was named President of California State University, Chico, in March 1980 and assumed office in August, replacing Acting President Robert Fredenburg.

Wilson was born in Columbus, Ohio, September 19, 1928. He received his BA (1949) at Ohio State University and then served with the Merchant Marine for a year. Returning to school, Wilson earned his MA in 1951 at the University of Illinois. He began his PhD program, but a stint in the United States Navy interrupted his academic career. Wilson served as a cryptographic watch officer in England and then entered operational intelligence (anti-submarine warfare) and ended his military career at Norfolk, Virginia. Wilson returned to the University of Illinois and completed his PhD in English in 1959.

Dr. Wilson worked for the Central Intelligence Agency until the mid-1960s when he returned to the academic world. Wilson taught English and organized writer workshops at Clarion State College (PA), Tulane (LA), and Michigan State University. He published several science fiction novels and served as a consulting editor for the Journal of Higher Education. He continued to write and publish throughout his academic career.

During his time at California State University, Chico, Dr. Wilson faced continual budget problems caused by California’s faltering economy during the 1980s. Sizeable budget cuts, merit pay procedures, and over-enrollment issues recurred throughout his tenure.

Although Dr. Wilson promoted academic excellence, stressed technological improvements, increased grant funding, and improved financial management practices, his administration had numerous controversial moments. Wilson cancelled the 1987 Pioneer Days after riots broke out, and, following a Faculty Senate resolution in 1991, asked the ROTC program to leave campus by 1994. Wrestling and swimming were dropped as funded athletic programs in the late 1980s.

In 1986, Dr. Wilson approved the change from “schools” to “colleges” at California State University, Chico. The student union expansion began, Nettleton Stadium was upgraded, and the Housing office extension was completed under Dr. Wilson. The O’Connell Technology Center opened in the fall of 1992, and Tehema Hall was also completed during Wilson’s time on campus. The TRACS registration system began in January 1993 as well.

Following his retirement in July1993, Dr. Wilson moved to Monterey Bay State University as a “trustee professor.” Robin and Patricia Wilson have three daughters and one son.

 
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