Carol Huston


Professer Emerita 

Office: Trinity 102
Phone: 530-898-5891


Biographical Information

Carol Huston

Carol Jorgensen Huston received her BSN degree from University of Iowa in 1977, her MSN from California State University, Chico in 1982, and her MPA and DPA degrees from the University of Southern California in 1997. Dr. Huston has been a professor of nursing at California State University, Chico (CSUC) since 1982. She served as Master Teacher for CSUC from 1999-2001 and was named Outstanding Teacher for CSU, Chico for 2001/2002. In 2008/2009, she was named the Outstanding Professor for CSU, Chico. She served as the Director of the School of Nursing from 2010-2015.  She currently teaches classes on leadership, management, health finance, ethics, and health systems half time as Emerita Professor.  Dr. Huston also taught part time in the MSNE and MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner program at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA from 1998-2006, teaching health finance, health systems, and outcomes measurement.

Dr. Huston is the co-author of six textbooks on leadership, management, and professional issues in nursing (a combined 19 editions) and has published more than 100 articles in leading professional journals...  Her co-authored book Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing, entering its 10th edition, has been translated into five languages andManagement Decision Making for Nurses was an AJN book of the year. The first edition of Leadership and Management Tools for the New Nurse published in 2012 and the fourth edition of Professional Issues in Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities published in January 2016. The Road to Leadership will publish October 2017.  Dr. Huston is also the co-developer of the Marquis-Huston Model for Teaching Critical Thinking, which has been recognized internationally by nurse scholars

Professional affiliations include ANA-California and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI). Dr. Huston served as the 2007-2009 President of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. As President, she was responsible for strategic planning, program implementation, and fiduciary oversight of approx. 130,000 nurses in 470+ chapters, in more than 90 countries. In addition, she served as Co-Chairperson of the 2010 International Year of the Nurse (IYNurse) Initiative (a global partnership effort between Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, and the Nightingale Museum of London). Dr. Huston currently serves as the lead faculty for the STTI Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (2014-present) and as the Facilitator/Coordinator for the new STTI Global Healthcare Leadership Institute, which launched in Washington DC in September 2016. 

In addition, Dr. Huston is a frequent speaker at professional meetings and has keynoted more than 300 presentations at nursing and healthcare conferences worldwide.  In addition, she has led interprofessional healthcare delegations to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Russia, Cuba, and Peru.  She will lead another delegation to Hungary and Poland in May 2018.  Her research interests include critical thinking, mentoring, outcomes measurement, quality health care, and empowerment of the nursing profession. She is also actively involved in community service to the northstate, serving on the Board of Trustees for Enloe Medical Center since 2012, and as the Chairman of that Board since 2016. In November 2007, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing, an organization which represents nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research.

Dr. Huston is married to Tom Huston and is the mother of two grown daughters, Shauna Huston and Kristin McKay. She has three grandchildren.


  • China 2008
  • People to People Delegation - China 2008
  • Patricia Thompson, CEO STTI - Nov. 2011
  • BSN Univ. of Iowa - 1977
  • Carol and Tom - India - 2011
  • India - Sept. 2011
  • Carol and Tom in Kenya - Dec. 2005
  • 2007 - 2009 President STTI
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