Public Affairs & Publications

The Office of Public Affairs and Publications, in the Division of University Advancement, is dedicated to telling Chico State story through a variety of mediums.

We also serve as a resource to the rest of CSU, Chico in creating and distributing effective communications. To learn more about how to create your own e-newsletters, news releases, social media sites, and more, see our University Publication Guide.

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CSU Trustees Appoint Gayle Hutchinson as President of California State University, Chico

The California State University Board of Trustees has appointed Gayle E. Hutchinson as president of California State University, Chico. Hutchinson is currently the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at CSU, Channel Islands, and a former dean and faculty member of Chico State. Hutchinson succeeds President Paul Zingg, who is retiring in June. She is expected to begin her new position on July 1. Hutchinson will be the first woman president in the 129-year history of the University.


California Faculty Association Strike Information

The California State University Chancellor's Office has released a document addressing frequently asked questions regarding the California Faculty Association Strike in April. Click here to view the information.

Bernie Sanders Campaign Rally Information

Access to some areas of campus will be affected by today’s visit from presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The campaign event will take place on Kendall Lawn, outside of Laxson Auditorium, and crowd-control barriers have been erected around the area restricting some pathways.


Entrance to the viewing area will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sanders is expected to speak around 7:30 p.m.

Guests can gain access from two campus entrances: West First and Warner streets (near the library and Student Services Center) or West Second and Normal streets (between the Arts and Humanities Building and Performing Arts Center). The Second and Normal entrance is ADA accessible.

For security reasons, guests are asked not to bring bags and limit belongings to small items like keys and cellphones. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, signs, and banners will not be permitted through security.


Because of security needs, the campus buildings listed below will be externally locked starting at 3 p.m. today. At that time, only users with card-swipe access will be able to re-enter the buildings. All others exiting one of these buildings after 3 p.m. will not be able to re-enter today. Secret Service agents will be stationed at certain exits. The following buildings will be affected:

  • Kendall
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Ayres
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Trinity
  • Colusa
  • Selvester’s Cafe
  • Regional and Continuing Education

Once the buildings are locked, Kendall and Ayres will have only one exit available – for Kendall the exit facing Colusa, for Ayres the exit facing the Physical Science Building. All other exits from these two buildings will be in secure zones and anyone exiting a building into a secure zone will be met by security. UPD Community Service Officers will be in these two buildings to help provide guidance. For those in Kendall Hall, please note: The designated exit is not accessible. Employees with concerns about accessibility and other issues should discuss these with their supervisor.

We realize these arrangements will inconvenience campus community members – thank you for your patience and understanding of the security requirements needed for this large rally tonight.