CSU, Chico News

New Dean Named for College of Natural Sciences

Date: 06-30-2014

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

David Hassenzahl, most recently founding dean and professor at the Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, has been named dean of California State University, Chico’s College of Natural Sciences.

Hassenzahl will start in his new position Aug. 1, 2014. He replaces Mike Ward, who has served as interim dean since February 2014.

Prior to his position at Chatham, Hassenzahl was chair of the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where he received the UNLV Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award and the UNLV Outstanding Department Chair Award.

“Dr. Hassenzahl has established a strong track record in advancing student achievements, supporting faculty development, and developing strategic plans in both public and private university settings,” said CSU, Chico Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Belle Wei, in a message to campus. “His experience and commitment to academic excellence and collaborative teamwork will help advance the mission and vision of the College of Natural Sciences as well as the University,” she wrote.

“I am excited to serve the students and faculty of CSU, Chico,” said Hassenzahl. “The College of Natural Sciences hosts an excellent faculty and programs that provide critical science education for the region, the state and the world. I look forward to working across the University to advance both disciplinary science and interdisciplinary efforts that improve how science is used to support private and public decisions. To me, Chico represents the best of public education, reaching a broadly representative student body, and I am honored to have this opportunity.”

During his tenure at Chatham, Hassenzahl worked with university administration, the Pittsburgh sustainability community and several architectural firms to develop, fund and build a new sustainable campus in Richland, Penn. Chatham’s sustainability efforts while Hassenzahl served as dean were recognized by the International Sustainable Campus Network, the Princeton Review and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Hassenzahl received his B.A. from UC Berkeley and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is a senior fellow of the National Council for Science and the Environment, serves on the Executive Board of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, advises the National Academy of Science’s Science Ambassadors program and is a founding member of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences.