CSU, Chico News

New Director Appointed for University Public Events

Date: 06-27-2013

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Stephen Cummins, director of performing arts for the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill., has been appointed director of University Public Events for California State University, Chico.

Cummins will start in his new position on Aug. 5. He replaces former director Dan DeWayne, who retired in late 2012.

In his current position, Cummins oversees a multi-venue performing arts center at the largest college in the Chicago metropolitan area, including a $35 million renovation of the McAninch Arts Center and an annual budget of $3 million. Previously, he served as assistant director for the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he also taught theater.

At CSU, Chico, Cummins will manage and direct the Chico Performances presenting program; the National Public Radio affiliate Northstate Public Radio, KCHO and KFPR; the University Box Office; and the historical performance venue Laxson Auditorium.

“Stephen will hold a very important role linking the University with the community and our arts patrons through Chico Performances, the box office and Northstate Public Radio,” said Rick Ellison, Vice President for University Advancement. “His broad background in the arts will be a wonderful contribution to a department that seeks to enhance the cultural vitality of the community.”

Cummins received a doctoral degree in community college leadership education from National Louis University. He holds a master’s degree in theater from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s in drama from the University of Texas at Austin.

“My family and I are thrilled to be making Chico our new home,” Cummins said. “The city and campus are gorgeous and people have been so welcoming. I am excited about CSU, Chico’s commitment to the community and look forward to supporting that mission through Chico Performances and Northstate Public Radio. Chico is a place where people value art, culture, news, and information – and one that I am proud to be a new part of.”

Each season, Chico Performances brings a diversity of top performers in theatre, music, dance, and the spoken word to Laxson Auditorium on campus, engaging the North Valley in celebrating the best in performance art. In turn, the non-commercial, non-for-profit Northstate Public Radio reaches a 12-county region on 91.7 FM in Chico and 88.9 FM in Redding with programming that includes international and national news, jazz and classical music and locally produced shows.