Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association

Valene L. Smith*


Department of Anthropology
Deceased: 2024

Taught in the Anthropology department from 1967 to 1998 and was nominated Outstanding Professor in 1981-1982.

Helped create and expand the Museum of Anthropology (now the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology) for Chico State students and the Chico community.

Has made gifts and testaments of commitment to the museum totaling more than $4.6 million.

Founded lecture series “Anthro Looks at….”

Established annual alumni newsletter Clan Destiny.

Founded tourism curriculum and internships in 1980.

Member, Enloe Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.

Founding president, Chico Museum Association.

Endowed scholarship for Outstanding Student in BSS for Soroptimists International.

Former member of University Foundation Board of Governors.

Portrait of Valene L. Smith*