The California State University System

The individual California State Colleges were brought together as a system by the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960. In 1972 the system became the California State University and Colleges, and in 1982 the system became the California State University. Today the campuses of the CSU include comprehensive and polytechnic universities and, since July 1995, the California Maritime Academy, a specialized campus.

The oldest campus-San José State University-was founded in 1857 and became the first institution of public higher education in California. California State University, Chico, the second oldest campus, was founded in 1887. The newest-CSU, Channel Islands-opened in fall of 2002, with freshmen arriving in fall 2003.

Responsibility for the California State University is vested in the Board of Trustees, whose members are appointed by the Governor. The Trustees appoint the Chancellor, who is the chief executive officer of the system, and the Presidents, who are the chief executive officers of the respective campuses.

The Trustees, the Chancellor, and the Presidents develop systemwide policy, with implementation at the campus level taking place through broadly based consultative procedures. The Academic Senate of the California State University, made up of elected representatives of the faculty from each campus, recommends academic policy to the Board of Trustees through the Chancellor.

Academic excellence has been achieved by the California State University through a distinguished faculty whose primary responsibility is superior teaching. While each campus in the system has its own unique geographic and curricular character, all campuses, as multipurpose institutions, offer undergraduate and graduate instruction for professional and occupational goals as well as broad liberal education. All the campuses require for graduation a basic program of "General Education Requirements" regardless of the type of bachelor's degree or major field selected by the student.

The CSU offers more than 1,800 bachelor's and master's degree programs in some 240 subject areas. Many of these programs are offered so that students can complete all upper division and graduate requirements by part-time, late afternoon and evening study. In addition, a variety of teaching and school service credential programs are available. A limited number of doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California and with private institutions in California. . In 2005, the CSU was authorized to independently offer educational doctorate (Ed.D.) programs, and seven CSU campuses launched their Ed.D. programs in fall 2007.

Enrollments in fall 2007 totaled 417,000 students, who were taught by some 23,000 faculty. The system awards about half of the bachelor's degrees and a third of the master's degrees granted in California. Nearly 2.5 million persons have been graduated from CSU campuses since 1960.

Please see the complete CSU Campus listing in the chapter "The CSU Campuses, System Policies and Regulations" at the conclusion of the Catalog.

University Governance and Administration

Board of Trustees

Ex Officio Trustees

The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of California
State Capitol
Sacramento 95814

The Honorable John Garamendi
Lieutenant Governor of California
State Capitol
Sacramento 95814

The Honorable Fabian Núñez
Speaker of the Assembly
State Capitol
Sacramento 95814

The Honorable Jack O'Connell
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento 95814

Dr. Charles B. Reed
Chancellor of the California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach 90802-4210

Officers of the Trustees

The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger

Roberta Achtenberg

Jeffrey L. Bleich
Vice Chair

Christine Helwick

Richard P. West

Appointed Trustees

Appointments are for a term of eight years, except student, alumni, and faculty trustees whose terms are for two years. Terms expire in the year in parentheses. Names are listed alphabetically.

  • Roberta Achtenberg (2015)
  • Jeffrey Bleich (2010)
  • Herbert L. Carter (2011)
  • Carol Chandler (2012)
  • Debra S. Farar (2014)
  • Kenneth Fong (2013)
  • George Gowgani (2010)
  • Melinda Guzman (2012)
  • William Hauck (2009)
  • Raymond W. Holdsworth Jr. (2011)
  • Ricardo F. Icaza (2008)
  • Bob Linscheid (2009)
  • Peter Mehas (2015)
  • Henry Mendoza (2008)
  • Lou Monville (2014)
  • Jennifer Reimer (2008)
  • Craig Smith (2009)
  • Glen Toney (2013)
  • Kyriakos Tsakopoulos (2009)

Correspondence with Trustees should be sent to:

c/o Trustees Secretariat
The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, California 90802-4210

Office of the Chancellor

The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, California 90802-4210
(562) 951-4000

Dr. Charles B. Reed
Chancellor-CSU System

Dr. Gary Reichard
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer

Mr. Richard P. West
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Gail Brooks
Interim Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Ms. Christine Helwick
General Counsel

Dr. Keith Boyum
Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs

University Advisory Board

The University Advisory Board was established in 1949 by legislation which authorized an advisory board to "encourage more two-way communication between each institution and its constituency." The University Advisory Board acts in an advisory capacity in the development of programs of the institution, interpreting the needs of the community to the institution, and the institution's needs to the community, as well as to legislators and other groups. It is composed of distinguished citizens from throughout the state of California.

Please consult the President's Office for information regarding University Advisory Board members, meetings, and activities.

Office of the President


Paul J. Zingg

Chief of Staff & Executive Assistant to the President

Karla Zimmerlee

Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs


Sandra M. Flake

Executive Assistant to the Provost

Lori Fuentes

Vice Provost for Research

Katherine Milo

Research and Sponsored Projects

Carol Sager, Director

University Public Events

Daniel DeWayne, Director

Undergraduate Education

William Loker, Dean

Honors Program

Frank Li, Director

Senior Vice Provost for Planning, Resource Allocation, & Evaluation

Arno Rethans
Jennifer Collins, Director
Jennifer Mays, Analyst

Academic Publications, Facilities, & Database Services

Holly Soldavini, Analyst
Kathy Favor, Analyst
Tom Ussery, Administrator
TBA, Analyst/Programmer
Richard Houchin, Editor/Coordinator

Institutional Research

William R. Allen, Interim Director
Christopher Winch, Analyst

Foundation Business Operations

Richard Jackson, Executive Director

Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

Meredith Kelley, Interim
Karen M. Ward, Analyst

Academic Advising Programs

Lorraine Smith, Interim Director
Lorraine Smith, Associate Director, & Campus Retention Programs Director


Allan Bee, Director

Student Information System Support Services

Bruce D. Rowen, Assistant Vice Provost

Student Records & Registration

Jean H. Irving, Registrar

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Judy Bordin, Interim Director
Mary Hansen, Coordinator
Clarice Reutlinger, Assistant

Faculty & Staff Assistance Programs

Clarice Reutlinger, Liaison

Vice Provost for Information Resources & Chief Information Officer

William Post
Jaime McDonald, Analyst

Associate Vice Provost for Information Resources

Phyllis Weddington

Information Security

Brooke Banks, Officer

Academic Technologies

Kathy Fernandes, Director

Enterprise Applications

Phyllis Weddington, Director

Communications Services

Scott Claverie, Director

Meriam Library

Sarah Blakeslee, Interim Dean

Computing and User Support

Jerry Ringel, Director

School of Graduate, International,and Interdisciplinary Studies

Mark Morlock, Interim Dean

The Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies

Tracy Butts, Director

Interdisciplinary Studies

Mark Morlock, Director

Deans of the Colleges

The College of Agriculture

Jennifer Ryder Fox, Dean

The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Gayle E. Hutchinson, Dean

The College of Business

Willie E. Hopkins, Dean

The College of Communication & Education

Phyllis Fernlund, Dean

The College of Engineering, Computer Science,& Construction Management

Michael Ward, Dean

The College of Humanities & Fine Arts

Joel Zimbelman, Dean

The College of Natural Sciences

Margaret A. Owens, Interim Dean

The Center for Regional & Continuing Education

Debra Barger, Dean

Office of the Vice President for Business & Finance

Vice President

Lorraine Hoffman

Admin. Assistant & Office Manager

Teresa Arnold

Assistant Vice President for Business & Finance

Dave Foreman

Budget Analysis & Research

Stacie Corona, Director

Procurement & Contracting Services

Sara Rumiano, Director

Student Financial Services

Jan Burnham, Director

Facilities Planning

Glenda Morse, Interim Executive Dean and Director

Facilities Management & Services

Joseph Han, Director

Environmental Health & Safety

Ken Sator, Director

Labor Relations

Jorge Salinas, Director

Employment Practices and Employee Disability Program

TBA, Director

Payroll, Benefits, and Human Resources Information Systems

Andi Beach, Director

Staff Human Resources

Maurice Bryan, Interim Director

University Police and Public Safety Services

Eric Reichel, Chief

Risk Management

Michael Thorpe, Director

Business Information Systems

Linda Post, Director

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Vice President

Drew Calandrella

Administrative Assistant

Mary Quiring

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Pedro Douglas

Associate Vice President for Student Life and Director of Student Activities

Herman A. Ellis

Chico State Career Center

James N. Starmer, Director

Counseling, Wellness, and Testing

Mimi Bommersbach, Interim Director

Disability Support Services

Sandra Parsons, Director

Educational Opportunity Program

Chela Mendoza Patterson, Director

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Dan Reed, Interim Director

Intercollegiate Athletics

Anita Barker, Director

Student Judicial Affairs

Linda Schurr, Interim Director

Student Health Service

Catherine Felix, Director

University Housing & Food Service

David Stephen, Director

Office of the Vice President for University Advancement

Vice President

Richard E. Ellison

Assistant to the Vice President

Robyn Hafer

Senior Associate Vice President

Robert E. Alber

Advancement and Donor Relations

Linda A. Koch, Director

Major Gifts and Planned Giving

Gary Salberg, Director

Alumni and Parent Relations

Susan M. Anderson, Director

Public Affairs and Publications

Joe Wills, Director

The Faculty

The Constitution of the Faculty of CSU, Chico provides that the faculty shall consist of the following: professors, associate professors, assistant professors, instructors, lecturers, and coaches. In addition, it includes the president, professional librarians, and student services professionals (academic related).

The constitution further provides that "It shall be the duty and responsibility of the Faculty to formulate, recommend, review, and revise all academic, personnel, and professional policies, including fiscal policies related thereto, broadly and liberally defined." These and other duties and responsibilities are delegated by the faculty to the Academic Senate.

The faculty is listed in each academic program chapter and the faculty Index.

The Academic Senate

The Academic Senate consists of thirty-four elected and ten ex-officio faculty members. It exercises those legislative and advisory powers that rest with the faculty. Members, except ex-officio members, are elected as follows: seven members elected at large (two are systemwide senators); twenty-seven members distributed among the colleges (including Information Resources). Regular elections are held in April or May, as the Executive Committee shall set.

Kathy Kaiser, Chair (2008/09)

Standing Committees of the Academic Senate:

  • Faculty & Student Policies Committee
  • Educational Policies & Programs Committee

Staff Council

The Staff Council is an organization that allows staff to discuss matters of concern and interest not addressed through collective bargaining. Guests are invited to monthly meetings to inform staff about issues in the University. The council consists of thirty-six elected and three ex-officio members. A slate of officers is elected from within the constituency.

The primary role of Staff Council is to promote positive communication between University staff and the administration, faculty, students, and community. The council also implements programs and projects that are designed to benefit the staff and University. To fulfill this role, the council is involved in special projects including staff scholarships, staff development, on-campus blood drives, the University's Needy Children Program, and the Staff Spring Awards Luncheon.

Angela Corral, Chair (2008-10)

The Alumni Association

Founded in 1892, the Alumni Association is an organization of graduates and former students of the University which provides a link between the campus and its alumni. It keeps alumni informed of current developments in the classroom, in continuing education, and of local and national trends in higher education. The Association also provides updates on fellow alumni and former classmates and supports University programs and activities in a variety of ways. These include scholarships, special funding for University projects, and a student emergency loan fund. Alumni volunteers are ready to give their time to the University as needed. The Association also carries on a planned program of alumni chapter meetings throughout the state.

Susan M. Anderson, Director

Auxiliary Organizations

The authority for CSU auxiliary organizations and their purposes are derived from the Education Code (Education Code, Section 89900, California Code of Regulations, and in Title 5, Sections 42401-2, 42500). The sole purpose of CSU auxiliaries is to serve the University. As appropriate, auxiliaries must also be responsive to their state and federal corporate nonprofit status. Existing CSU, Chico auxiliaries are the Research Foundation, University Foundation, and Associated Students.

It is CSU, Chico policy that campus auxiliaries exist to support the University's mission and the strategic plan, which implements that mission as determined by the president of the University. Specific obligations of campus auxiliaries are to provide University-approved services and financial support for the mission and strategic plan of the University. (EM 98-26)

The Associated Students

The Associated Students (AS) is an independent student non-profit corporation owned and governed by the students under the leadership of an elected board of directors.

In addition to being the student government of the campus, the AS operates the campus Bookstore and Dining Services. Although student government operates somewhat independently, it is expected to establish channels for student participation in the governance of the University. The AS provides services, facilities, and amenities, and implements a broad spectrum of educational, social, and cultural programs to enrich campus life. See also the chapter "Belonging."

AS President
David Buckley, Executive Director

The Research Foundation

The CSU, Chico Research Foundation, a non-profit corporation, exists to manage a variety of externally funded projects which directly and indirectly support the University's mission and strategic plan. The Foundation serves as the recipient of all grants and contracts awarded to the University. In fiscal year 1999/2000, the University received over 400 projects with awards totaling nearly $30 million. The Research Foundation also provides a vehicle for the University to engage in entrepreneurial and other projects that provide funds, equipment, and other support not otherwise available through the state.

The University Foundation

The University Foundation, California State University, Chico, was organized and incorporated as a non-profit California corporation in 1940 to support activities for the University that otherwise could not be provided through state-supported funds. In 1997 the University Foundation's function became solely philanthropic and as such administers bequests, charitable trusts, special gifts, gift annuities, scholarship, endowments, and donor-advised funds. The University Foundation Administers the University gift endowment program.