College Partnership Council

Kirk Brown
Kenneth E. Lange
Marcia Moore
Glen Pearson
Ed Tarver

Glen Toney
Rob White

The College of Natural Sciences Partnership Council consists of individuals who are respected for their accomplishments in the fields of science, mathematics, industry, government and education. Partnership Council members' energy, passion and connections will be invaluable as the College continues to position itself as a leader in preparing our students to compete in a high technology digital world.  It is an exciting and challenging time for the College as we refocus our efforts on developing external partnerships that closely connect us with industry in order to provide three key resources:

  1. Financial support for the College of Natural Sciences' initiatives
  2. Key partners who are willing to share their time, talent and leadership in order to develop future connections and partnerships
  3. Connections for our students majoring in the Natural Sciences

The Partnership council is composed of the following individuals:

  • The Dean of the College
  • The Advancement Director of the College
  • The Secretary to the Board
  • Partnership Council Members

Kirk Brownphoto of kirk brown

• Teacher, Tracy High School, Tracy, CA
• M.A. in Education and Teaching Credential, University of the Pacific
• Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Education Program Fellow

Kirk Brown teaches International Baccalaureate Biology and Biotechnology at Tracy High School in Tracy, California. He founded the Agricultural/Scientific Academy at Tracy High School, and has worked on science education projects with the California Department of Education, Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), San Joaquin County Office of Education, Access Excellence (Genentech), and the Exploratorium and has an on-going partnership with Bio-Rad Laboratories. Kirk is also an adjunct faculty member of San Joaquin Delta College. He is Nationally Board Certified in Adolescent and Young Adult Science.

While working with LLNL, Kirk worked with other teachers to develop the Biotechnology Education Program, Laser Science & Optics for the Classroom, Student Research Academy, Teacher Research Academy and most recently, the Biophotonics Research Academy. These programs focused on teacher or student development and training, with a strong focus on integrated instruction. Currently, Kirk is one of the lead instructors at the Edward Teller Education Center. Kirk has worked at the District level writing new K-12 goals, desired learning’s and benchmarks that integrate the National and State standards. He was on the Board of Directors for the Independent Citizen’s Committee for Children and on several other Biotechnology advisory boards. Kirk has been named teacher of the year and has won numerous awards including the Milken National Educator Award, California’s Outstanding Biology Teacher for 2003 by the National Association of Biology Teachers, Carlston Family Foundation Outstanding Teachers of America Award, and most recently, the DiNA Award for Public Service from BayBio.


Kenneth E. Lange, DDSphoto of kenneth e. lange, dds

• Dentist
• DDS University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry
• BA Biology, California State University, Chico

After receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery, Ken returned to Chico to establish his practice. He has held many professional offices in dental associations and societies, including President of the Northern California Dental Society and President of the California Dental Association. In addition, he has held positions on the Butte County Health Planning Council, the Northern Region Health Systems Agency, and the Medical Quality Review Board. Ken is the 1996 Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Natural Sciences. Passionate about his community involvement and the recipient of numerous awards, Ken has held many leadership positions in the Greater Chico Chamber of Commerce, including the position of president during 1992–1993. Other community membership involvement includes Chico Community Foundation, Chico Economic Planning Corporation, Chico Lions Breakfast Club, Chico State Associates and Century Club, Chico Scholarship Association, Little League and Youth Soccer Coach, and Parent Teacher Associations in area schools.


Marcia Moorephoto of marcia moore

• Cardiologist, Self-employed
• Pre-Med, U.C. Berkeley
• MD University of California, San Francisco
• Internship, Residency, Fellowship, Martinez, V.A./U.C. Davis School of Medicine
• BA Sociology/Anthropology, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

Formerly chief of medicine at Enloe Hospital in Chico, Marcia serves as vice-chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Enloe. In 2005, she received two honors: The American Heart Association’s Volunteer Physician of the Year and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority’s Community Woman of the Year. Having made great strides to increase awareness of women’s heart health, she also implemented the “Physician Heal Thy Self” program for doctors to evaluate the health of medical practitioners. Marcia has helped the general public through her many donations. She also serves on two other college boards: the Northern California Natural History Museum and the Biological Sciences Department Advisory Board.


Glen Pearson, Chairphoto of glen pearson

• Retired Office Chief, California Department of Water Resources Northern District
• BS Geology, Humboldt State University

Glen is a California Professional Geologist and a Certified Engineering Geologist. He retired in 2009 after 36 years with the State of California.  His career started with a brief stint in the oil fields around Bakersfield with the California Division of Oil and Gas.  In 1974 Glen began working for the California Department of Water Resources, Northern Region Office conducting and supervising geologic investigations for water and power development and ground water resource evaluation.  It was at this time that he hired and supervised a number of Chico State student interns and graduates.  After about 15 years of working as a field geologist, he moved into management and relatively quickly moved up the line and began managing not only Engineering Geologist, but also Engineers, Environmental Scientist, and Technicians.  In 1998 Glen was asked to manage the Regional Office’s District’s North-of-the-Delta Off-stream Storage program. There he directs the field activities of engineers, geologists, environmental scientists, and land and water use scientists. In 2006 he was asked to be the Northern Region Office Chief, where he oversaw a staff of about 70 professionals conducting studies in the 13 Northern California counties.  He was the first geologist to hold this level of office in the Department.  During this time he also served on a strategic planning committee and other special studies work groups for DWR headquarters.  After retirement, he continues to working part time on projects for DWR and recently started co-teaching the Environmental Monitoring class in the Geosciences Department at CSU,Chico. 


Edward E. Tarver, IIIphoto of edward e. tarver, III

• Inventor, Scientist, Artist
• PhD Chemistry, Washington State University
• MS Chemistry, California State University, San Jose
• BA Chemistry, California State University, Chico
• BA Afro-American Studies, UC Berkeley

As the founder and CEO of Etaran Instruments, Inc., Edward Tarver has patented an ion mobility spectrometry instrument that is used in chemical detection and identification and has great implications for the military in the field of chemical warfare and counter terrorism. Ed is the College’s 2007 Distinguished Alumnus. He is also a mural artist and has designed school logos for San Jose State and De La Salle High School. He was a professor at Grambling State University and has served as president of the Faculty Advisory Council to the Board of Trustees/State Colleges, Louisiana, and as vice president of the Faculty Advisory Council to the Board of Regents/State Colleges, Louisiana. He is currently an Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas.


Glen Toneyphoto of glen toney

• Group Vice President Emeritus, Corporate Affairs, Applied Materials
• Honorary Doctorate, BA Philosophy, California State University, Chico
• Honorary Doctorate, Santa Clara University
• PhD Education, University of Southern California
• MA and BS, California State University, San Jose

A longtime community leader with extensive experience as a corporate executive, Glen is a frequent commentator on business and community issues through speeches, editorials, and articles. Prior to joining the corporate world, Glen served in high-level positions for school districts in Palo Alto, Ravenswood City, and Cupertino. At a national educational event, Glen introduced President Bill Clinton. He has served on numerous boards and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1995 Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology at CSU, Chico, the Leadership in Action Award, and People Acting in Concert Together.


Rob Whitephoto of rob white

• Current CEO i-GATE iHUB Initiative, i-GATE NEST Commercialization Center and Director of Economic Development for the City of Livermore 
• Queen’s University Belfast DGov (partial), Governance 
• MS University of Southern California, Planning and Development
• BS Geology, Chico, California

Rob is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Livermore and the Interim CEO of the i-GATE Innovation Hub, a broad super-regional partnership that is focused on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories/CA as economic engines. With over two decades of cross-sector experience, Rob is engaged in researching, assessing, and developing the ecosystem for regional innovation networks. Recognized by regional, federal and international organizations, Rob has been acknowledged as a thought leader in local government-led collaborative networks, public policy assessment in support of entrepreneurship, and economic development frameworks that focus on technology growth and innovation.  He serves on the following Boards: East Bay Regional Park, Innovation for Green Advanced Transportation Excellence, California Department Association for Local Economic Development, and East Bay EDA.