Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association

Barbara Heidinger


Regional & Continuing Education
Department of Psychology

Barbara Heidinger was an exemplary staff member at Chico State for 30 years and she has continued to aid multiple areas of the University with her trademark efficiency, positive attitude, and good humor.

Since her retirement in 2011, Heidinger has worked as a retired annuitant for eight different campus offices when there is a vacancy or staff person’s extended absence. Her fill-in assignments have included stints at Sociology, History, Social Work, Music and Theatre, three deans offices, and the Office of the Provost.

Prior to retirement, Heidinger worked at Regional and Continuing Education (RCE) for 20 years and Psychology for 10, primarily as an Administrative Support Coordinator (ASC) II. While at RCE, she was essential to the renown of Chico State’s trail-blazing distance education programs. Heidinger communicated with students, hired proctors and monitors, and handled the logistics for classes beamed to colleges, offices, hospitals, and military bases – at one time, 41 receiving sites in all. “Her dedication to the students and her ability to communicate had significant impact on Chico's success in distance education,” said Clare Van Ness, interim dean, RCE.

At Psychology, Heidinger worked on budget, course scheduling, recruitment, and many other tasks typical of a large academic office. “Barb is the consummate professional—she has the competence to act effectively and the confidence to take initiative,” said Psychology Professor Margaret Bierly. “She is a poised multi-tasker and team-player. At the same time, she is highly approachable and has a ready laugh.” Said Jill Emanuel, ASC II in Psychology: “I thoroughly enjoyed working with Barb Heidinger for approximately 10 years. Her professionalism and competence were unmatched, but her kindness to everyone set Barb apart from others. We all miss her smile, her laugh, and her Halloween costumes!”

To honor her contributions to the campus, Heidinger was named Staff Employee of the Year in 2005. In the community, Heidinger left her mark as a 17-year member of the Bidwell Rancho chapter of Soroptimist International, including serving two terms as president. She launched the chapter’s main fundraiser, the Microbrew Festival, and received a regional award for her efforts marketing the event in 2001.

Heidinger is a proud alumna of Chico State.

Portrait of Barbara Heidinger