University Leadership

President Gayle E. Hutchinson and Senior Leadership

Gayle Hutchinson

Dr. Gayle E. Hutchinson is president of California State University, Chico. CSU, Chico, the second oldest of 23 campuses in the California State University system, is a comprehensive, four-year university whose motto “Today Decides Tomorrow” guides 17,000 students through their undergraduate and graduate education. Dr. Hutchinson took over the stewardship of CSU, Chico July 1, 2016.

Dr. Hutchinson spent nearly 20 years in various instructional and leadership roles at Chico State. She served as dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology, Academic Senate Chair, Statewide Senator and was a member of the President’s Diversity Council. Before that time, she was a member of the Chico State faculty, teaching kinesiology with a specialty in teacher preparation.

Prior to her service in the CSU, she served as the principal investigator and co-director of the Northern California Physical Education – Health Subject Matter Project, the project director for the Pacific Wellness Center and developed curriculum and taught physical education in elementary schools.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education teacher education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a master’s from Teachers College, Columbia University in teaching analysis & curriculum development, and a doctorate of education from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in teacher education/staff development.



Academic Affairs
Provost and Vice President

Debra Larson

Debra Larson is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She joined CSU, Chico in March 2017 after a nationwide search. Dr. Larson served as dean of the College of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo from 2011-2017. Prior to Cal Poly, Dr. Larson served as chair, associate dean, and associate vice provost at Northern Arizona University over a 17-year span. She also worked as a civil engineer in the private sector for more than a decade before her work at Northern Arizona.

Dr. Larson holds a PhD in civil engineering from Arizona State University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University. She has received significant recognition during her career, including the Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Leadership Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and two state-level ASCE leadership awards. She has served as an ABET evaluator and currently serves as vice chair for ABET’s Academic Advisory Council. She is a Governor for the Order of the Engineer, an organization dedicated to promoting the ethical and humanitarian responsibilities of engineering, and recently served on the executive team for the Engineering Deans Council of the American Society for Engineering Education.


Student Affairs
Interim Vice President

Pedro Douglas, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Pedro W. Douglas was appointed interim vice president for Student Affairs effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Douglas will serve in this capacity until a new vice president for Student Affairs is selected. He has served as the associate vice president for Student Affairs since October 2007. In this role, he has been responsible for oversight of the division budget and personnel functions. Dr. Douglas serves on the University’s Fiscal Administration Committee, and prepares and presents division fiscal updates to the University Budget Committee. In addition, his areas of direct report include University Housing, Student Judicial Affairs, the Career Center, and Student Health Service and its partners: the Counseling and Wellness Center, Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center, and Safe Place. Prior to his role as associate vice president, Dr. Douglas served as the director of Student Health Service from 2001 to 2007. He earned his EdD in educational leadership from the University of Southern California, an MS in organizational management from Central Connecticut State University, and a BS in management science from Kean University.

 


Business and Finance
Vice President

Robbi Stivers

Robbi Stivers was appointed on May 1, 2017, as CSU, Chico’s vice president for Business and Finance. He also serves as CSU, Chico’s chief financial officer and is responsible for ensuring budget plans are fiscally sound and sustainable, as well as, articulating, regularly updating, and implementing a strategic plan for the Division of Business and Finance. Mr. Stivers provides leadership and oversight for a diverse set of services, including financial operations and accounting, police, facilities, construction, environmental health and safety, and human resources. He comes to CSU, Chico from the University of Tennessee system, where he served as executive director of the Office of Capital Projects since 2011, and earlier as director of the Office of Capital Projects Division of Real Property and Space Administration. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee in 2000, he spent 15 years in the financial services industry, most recently as senior vice president and commercial loan manager at First Tennessee Bank. Mr. Stivers holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management from Tusculum College and a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Wesleyan University. He also is a graduate from Memphis State University Mid-South School of Banking.


University Advancement
Vice President

Ahmad Boura

Ahmad Boura serves as Vice President of University Advancement, where he oversees University Public Events, Public Affairs and Publications, Alumni and Parent Relations, North State Public Radio, Creative Services and Advancement Services. He also serves as CEO of the University Foundation, a nonprofit auxiliary of CSU, Chico. Boura previously served as vice president for institutional advancement at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. He holds an MBA from Franklin Pierce and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Beirut Arab University in Beirut, Lebanon. 


Information Resources
Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer

Michael Schilling

Michael Schilling has been the vice provost for Information Resources and chief information officer since 2012. Mr. Schilling most recently served as executive director of Communications and Technology Services at UCLA and as senior technology officer, Information Technology Services at UC Davis Health. Mr. Schilling also served in several UCLA leadership positions, including acting director of procurement, associate director of technology, and manager of financial services. During his 25 years at UC, he managed organizations of more than 160 staff and annual operating/capital budgets of more than $40 million.


Public Affairs and Publications
Executive Director

Patti Waid

Patti Waid oversees the public affairs team, works closely with senior administrative management in coordinating comprehensive communications and media strategies for the University, leads campus crisis communications, supports University branding and marketing efforts, serves as chief spokesperson, and oversees media relations and outreach. A Fresno State alum, Ms. Waid has been dedicated to California public higher education, serving 15 years at University of California, Merced, most recently as the assistant vice chancellor for university communications and previously as the executive director of communications. She is also fluent in Spanish and has extensive knowledge of Hispanic culture and Spanish-speaking media.