Office of the President

Welcome to California State University, Chico. Founded in 1887, CSU, Chico is one of the oldest post-secondary institutions in California and among the most highly ranked public universities in the West.

I encourage you to explore our home page to discover more about us and our record of distinction in teaching, scholarship, research, and service. I know you will be impressed by what you find and excited about the prospects of joining us.

Above the doors of Kendall Hall, CSU, Chico’s administration building, is the inscription “Today Decides Tomorrow.” We take these words to heart as we focus with optimism and hope on the future while building on the best of our past. So, welcome to Chico State's home on the web and the window to the exciting and vital University it provides.

Please click here to view of a portrait of CSU, Chico.


Chancellor White Visits Chico State

Chancellor White recently visited a wide variety of groups on campus, and summed up his visit with this video.

Meet Our 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award Winners

California State University, Chico’s Faculty Recognition and Support Committee has announced its selections for the 2015-2016 Outstanding Faculty Awards. The awards, which include Outstanding Professor, Teacher, Research Mentor, Adviser, Lecturer and Faculty Service, are among the highest within the University. Faculty members are nominated by their peers and selected by a faculty committee.


The 2015-16 Professional Achievement Honors Awardees Named

Four faculty have been selected to receive the 2015-2016 Professional Achievement Honors. This honor recognizes faculty who have excelled as teacher/scholars during the past three years. They will be honored during the Celebrate the Stars reception Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 2 to 4 pm in the Bell Memorial Union, Room 203.


President's Spring 2016 Message, "Dreams and Efforts"

Welcome to the start of the Spring Semester, 2016! 2016 – the year of the monkey in the Chinese zodiac. A symbol of intelligence and curiosity, optimism and good health, the monkey portends a year of joyful pursuits, progress and accomplishments. And, to be sure, we will see a lot of these characteristics in evidence throughout the spring and as we move to its grand conclusion, Commencement in May. This will be the 126th Spring Commencement exercise in our University’s history, dating to the first one in 1891 when 12 students (11 of them women) received their teaching credentials from the Chico Normal School.


President's Fall 2015 Convocation Speech, "The Heart of the Matter"

Good afternoon! And welcome to the start of the new academic year. I am very pleased to be with all of you today. No, I mean really pleased. It's been a while and an adventure to get back.


President Zingg's Three Year Review

The CSU Board of Trustees has a policy requiring its presidents to be reviewed every three years. It is now time for the review of Dr. Paul J. Zingg, president of California State University, Chico.

Click here for the open letter to the California State University, Chico community.

2012 President's Report

The seven themes of the President's Report connect us to the roots of our University and the remarkable continuity of purpose and performance that has marked our first 125 years.


Strategic Plan Annual Report Card

Colleges and universities are increasingly asked to demonstrate their value and their effectiveness. Please read CSU, Chico's Strategic Plan for the Future.

WASC EER Visitation Report

View the Report (PDF)