Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

University Alums

Nancy “Rusty” Barceló (BA, Social Work, ’69) is president of Northern New Mexico College. She is recognized as a respected authority on the issues of equity and diversity in higher education and is author of numerous publications, including Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas. Barceló received the Distinguished Educator in Diversity Award from the University of Iowa, and served as vice president and vice provost (for minority affairs and diversity, and for equity and diversity) at both the University of Washington and the University of Minnesota.

William Carroll (BS, Biological Sciences, ’73) is Julie and Edward J. Minskoff Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Pathology at NYU School of Medicine and director of the NYU Cancer Institute. He has played a key role in developing new treatments, especially for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common childhood cancer. As chair of the Children’s Oncology Group ALL Committee, Carroll directed the largest clinical trials network for children with cancer worldwide.

H. Kit Miyamoto (BS, Civil Engineering, ’89) is CEO and structural engineer at Miyamoto International and Global Risk Miyamoto, with more than 10,000 projects successfully completed worldwide. His businesses specialize in high-performance earthquake engineering and disaster mitigation, response, and reconstruction. He is a consultant to the World Bank on the seismic risk mitigation project for 2,000 schools in Istanbul. Miyamoto is currently working with the government of Haiti, the UN, and various NGOs to assess 400,000 earthquake-damaged structures and implement reconstuction strategies.

Megan Seely (BA, International Relations, ’95) was the youngest president to hold office in the history of the California National Organization for Women. Seely received her master’s degree in sociology from CSU, Sacramento. She teaches at Sierra College in Northern California and is the author of Fight Like a Girl: How to Be a Fearless Feminist, NYU Press, 2007.

Steven Tolleson (BA, Communication Design, ’81) is principal at Tolleson Design. A former member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, he has served as a design juror for competitions around the world. In 1999, Princeton Architectural Press published a monograph on the Tolleson Studio titled SoakWashRinseSpin.


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.