Biography

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Dr. Paul J. Zingg is president of California State University, Chico. CSU, Chico, one of 23 campuses in The California State University System, is a comprehensive, four-year university whose motto “Today Decides Tomorrow” guides 16,000 students through their undergraduate and graduate education.

Prior to being named president at CSU, Chico, Dr. Zingg was provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo from 1995 to 2004. Before that he served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Cal Poly, 1993-1995.

Dr. Zingg served as dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Saint Mary’s College of California from 1986-1993. Previously, he spent several years at the University of Pennsylvania, 1978-1983, serving as executive assistant to the president and as vice dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He has held professorships in history at all the institutions he has served.

Dr. Zingg received his PhD in history in 1974 from the University of Georgia, Athens; an MA in history in 1969 from the University of Richmond, VA; and a BA in history in 1968 from Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina.

He has published ten books and over 100 articles on American higher education, student learning, educational leadership, sports history, and intercollegiate athletics. He has also acted as a sports history consultant to several presses, the media, museum curators, and on Ken Burns’ acclaimed television documentary series, Baseball, in 1994. Dr. Zingg was appointed a fellow of the American Council on Education in 1983-1984, has received support for his research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has served on several national boards and commissions for higher education, including his current place on a national presidential roundtable on higher education.