INSIDE Chico State
0 October 16, 2003
Volume 34 Number 3
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Three Finalists for Presidency

The California State University named three candidates as finalists for the presidency of CSU, Chico on Oct. 8. The candidates will visit campus during the week of Oct. 20 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday:

  • Lois Muir, provost and vice president for academic affairs, University of Montana, Oct. 20.
  • Paul J. Zingg, provost and vice president for academic affairs, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Oct. 21.
  • Karen S. Haynes, president, University of Houston, Victoria, Oct. 22.

Each of the three will spend a day on campus, meeting faculty, staff, students, and the community. An open forum will be held daily for the campus community from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. An open reception will be held at 5:15 p.m. each day. There will be daily media access from 2:30 to 2:45 p.m.

The CSU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Oct. 30 to interview the three finalists. The new president is expected to be named shortly thereafter, and would assume the presidency on a date to be determined.

Muir, 55, a professor of psychology, has been the provost at Montana since 2000. Previously, she was an associate provost at Kent State University; dean of Graduate Studies and dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University; and the executive assistant to the chancellor and a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She also has held academic positions at the University of South Dakota, Rutgers University, and Indiana University.

Muir's Ph.D. in psychology is from the State University of New York at Stony Brook; her master's degree in family and child development is from Auburn University; and her bachelor's degree in psychology is from the University of Texas at Austin.

Zingg, 56, a professor of history, has been provost at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo since 1995, where he also served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He previously was the dean, School of Liberal Arts, at Saint Mary's College of California. At the University of Pennsylvania, he was the assistant to the president; vice dean for Undergraduate Studies and Admissions, College of Arts and Sciences; and assistant dean for Academic Advising, College of Arts and Sciences. He also held academic positions at Daniel Hale Williams University, St. Bernard's College, and the University of Georgia.

Zingg's degrees are all in history: his Ph.D. is from the University of Georgia; his master's degree is from the University of Richmond; and his bachelor's degree is from Belmont Abbey College.

Haynes, 57, has been president of the University of Houston, Victoria since 1995. A professor of social work, she previously was the dean of the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Houston. Prior to Houston, she was a faculty member in social work at Indiana University; the managing director, international resource development, International Business Associates in Cairo, Egypt, where she also served as a consultant; a faculty member at Southwest Texas State University; and the director of the social work division, sociology department, Mary Hardin-Baylor College.

Haynes' degrees are all in social work: her Ph.D. is from the University of Texas at Austin; her master's degree is from McGill University in Montreal, Canada; and her bachelor's degree is from Goucher College in Maryland.

The search for a new president began in April 2003. The search committee is composed of three trustees plus the board chair, the CSU chancellor, a CSU president, Chico faculty, staff, student, and alumni representatives, and a community person.

For more information on the candidates, go to or contact Colleen Bentley-Adler at 562-951-4801 or


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