CSU, Chico News

Richmond Appointed Acting President; Zingg Recuperates From Surgery

Date: 04-01-2015

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Rollin Richmond, retired president of Humboldt State University, has assumed the position of acting president at California State University, Chico while President Paul Zingg recovers from bypass surgery.

Richmond began his post Thursday, March 26. He was asked to serve in his new capacity by CSU Chancellor Timothy White following Zingg’s surgery on March 15. Richmond retired from Humboldt State last year after almost 12 years as president. In a March 18 email message to the CSU, Chico campus community, White wrote that Richmond will serve until Zingg is medically cleared to return to work.

Prior to his tenure at Humboldt State, Richmond served as provost and professor of zoology and genetics at Iowa State University for three years. From 1995 to 1999, he was provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Richmond did his undergraduate work at San Diego State University and earned his Ph.D. in genetics at The Rockefeller University in New York.

In an email message to campus Monday, March 30, Richmond wrote that the decision to come to CSU, Chico was an easy one: “I felt very comfortable saying yes to the Chancellor about coming to Chico State; not only was I familiar with the high quality of programs and faculty, staff and students on campus, but I got an up-close look last April, following the tragic bus accident near Orland on Interstate 5. President Zingg and campus staff were of great assistance to me and others from Humboldt who drove down to meet with the survivors and help with other arrangements. I saw firsthand what a special place Chico State is and why it is so highly regarded by alumni and members of the higher education community.”

Richmond stated that, “My goal in the coming days is to do everything I can to keep Chico State functioning at a high level until President Zingg returns to campus. Your help will be invaluable in that regard and I look forward to us working together.” He added that he has been in touch with Zingg, who is doing well in his recuperation from surgery.