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University Alums

Melvin George, PhD, (1967, BS Animal Science) is a member of the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis. Considered an international leader in the science and management of rangelands, George received the highest award bestowed by the UC Davis Academic Federation, the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award.

David McCallen, PhD, (1979, BS Civil Engineering) is program director for Nonproliferation, Global Security Principal Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is responsible for a $100 million program supporting the National Nuclear Security Administration’s efforts in nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear materials management.

Indu Navar (1994, MS Computer Science) is founder and CEO of Serus Corporation, which offers intelligent operations management solutions to clients including Cisco and Flextronics. Serus was named to the 2008 Red Herring 100 North America list of industry innovators. In 2008, Navar received the Entrepreneur Award from Indian-American Women Empowered.

William Carroll (1973, BA Biology) is a pediatric oncologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, a professor of pediatrics, and the director of the NYU Cancer Institute and the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Carroll directs clinical research on acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer.

Charlie Huston (1991, BA Information and Communication Studies) is the bestselling author of the Joe Pitt series of crime fiction novels, as well as other novels and short stories, in the style he describes as “pulp noir.” He was nominated for a 2006 Edgar Award, the most prestigious award for crime writing.

Mathew S. Petersen (1990, BS Political Science), CSU, Chico’s 1989–1990 student body president, is now president and CEO of Global Green, the American arm of Green Cross International (GCI), which was created by President Mikhail S. Gorbachev to address global environmental issues. Petersen coordinates GCI’s Energy and Resource Efficiency Program.


From the halls of Congress to corporate boardrooms, from exploring outer space to taking on Hollywood, Chico alums have made outstanding contributions in their fields. We are proud of their accomplishments and grateful for the way many mentor the graduates who follow. Those listed on the left represent only a few of many accomplished alums.