Briefly Noted

Briefly Noted

MBA Program Gets Top-Tier Ranking

CEO Magazine ranked Chico State’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program a Tier 1 MBA program in North America in February. 

The magazine’s 2016 Global MBA Rankings set out to identify schools that pair exceptional quality with great return-on-investment. To create the rankings, the magazine collected data from each school on learning environment, class size, tuition fees, faculty qualifications and ratios, delivery methods, international diversity, and gender, among other factors.

Chico State’s program was among 69 to make the list, which includes Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Long Beach State, Cal State San Bernardino, and Cal State East Bay also made the list.

“Chico State’s MBA program has maintained quality characteristics such as small class sizes, engaged and caring faculty, and MBA-specific professional advisors,” said College of Business Dean Judy Hennessey. “Our high ranking is the result of holding on to these key elements while adapting to the changing demands of the marketplace for
our students.”

To learn more about the program, visit

Newell Selected as Library Dean

Patrick Newell is the new Dean of Meriam LibraryPatrick Newell, director of the Digital Services Division and associate university librarian for Information Technology and Electronic Resources at Fresno State, was selected to serve as the dean of Meriam Library. 

He replaced Sarah Blakeslee, who had served as interim dean since 2009. He began his position Feb. 1.

Newell has more than 20 years of experience as a librarian in public universities and research institutes, including posts at UC San Francisco, the California Digital Library, and the New York Academy of Medicine. 

A fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute, Newell has been involved in administrative initiatives and emerging technology trends on a national level. With the American Library Association’s Office of IT Policy, he works to help educate librarians and the public about copyright issues including fair use and the public domain.

He holds a PhD in education policy from UC Davis; master’s degrees in library and information science from UCLA and in philosophy from Fordham University; and a bachelor’s in religious studies and philosophy from Santa Clara University.

Unruh Appointed Agriculture Dean

John Unruh is the new dean of the College of AgricultureJohn Unruh, chair of the Food Science Undergraduate Program at Kansas State University, was named dean of the College of Agriculture. Unruh will begin his position August 1, replacing Dave Daley, who has served as interim dean since 2014. 

Unruh holds a doctorate degree in animal sciences and industry with an emphasis in meat science and beef production from Kansas State University. He grew up on a diversified crop and registered cattle farm near Warden, Washington, and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal sciences from Washington State University. He has taught in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University since 1988 and, in 2009, he was appointed chair of the Food Science Undergraduate Program.

With four undergraduate degree programs and an online master’s degree in agricultural education, the college has more than doubled its enrollment in the past seven years. Its integrated agricultural curriculum, combined with the high-quality living laboratory provided by the University Farm, prepares future agricultural leaders for the challenges of feeding the world and nurturing local communities.

Learn more about the College of Agriculture at 

Civic Engagement Added as Strategic Priority

Chico State added civic engagement as one of the top priorities in the Strategic Plan for the Future, the document that expresses the mission, vision, and values of the institution.

“Believing in the importance of civic engagement for both individual fulfillment and the institutional commitment to serving the public good, we will educate generations of civically engaged, informed, and active students,” the new priority states. “We will engage students, faculty, staff, and community members through curricular and cocurricular experiences that actively involve them with the communities and the issues of the North State and beyond.”

The Strategic Plan now has seven priorities.

Numerous actions will be taken as a result of the new priority, including the following:

  • Develop a civic dimension across general education and disciplinary majors
  • Emphasize the opportunity for all departments and programs to include a focus on civic engagement
  • Create infrastructure to support the facilitation of work between campus and community
  • Encourage the formation of interdisciplinary teams of students, faculty, staff, and community members working together on civic engagement
  • Support the dissemination of civic work throughout the North State and beyond

“We’ve been working on how to increase our emphasis on civic engagement,” said Ellie Ertle, Chico State director of civic engagement. “Adding this to the Strategic Plan says, ‘This is a priority of the University. It’s part of the Chico Experience.’ That is hugely important.”

Chico State has received numerous awards and national recognition for its enduring and innovative commitment to civic engagement, including from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Museum Receives Statewide Award

Chico State’s Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology was selected for a 2016 Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education for its Museum-in-the-Classroom program at Hooker Oak Elementary School. 

Developed by the museum’s education curator, Adrienne Scott, and Hooker Oak teacher Denise Findlay, the program exposes students to decisions curators make and helps them understand history as an interpretive act. The Museum-in-the-Classroom program challenges sixth graders in Chico to design an all-school museum exhibition based on their history and social studies. Once the exhibition is installed, the students become docents to lower grades, gaining competence in all of the class’s research, not just their own. 

The Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education recognizes outstanding achievements in California museum programs that serve K–12 students or educators.

Programs are selected for their design, evidence of excellence, planning and evaluation, and innovation. Past recipients include the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology is part of the Department of Anthropology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. It is located in the Meriam Library complex on the Chico State campus

To view current exhibits and events, and learn about museum offerings, visit: