CSU, Chico News

Stivers Named Vice President for Business and Finance

Date: 03-10-2017

Ashley Gebb
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico announced Friday Robbi Stivers has accepted the position of vice president for Business and Finance after a nationwide search. Stivers will begin his position on May 1, 2017.

Stivers comes to CSU, Chico from the University of Tennessee system based in Knoxville, where he has 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. In his role as lead liaison for University of Tennessee statewide operations, he interacts with executive-level administrators and senior public officials as the chief official overseeing facility-related operations, acquisitions, leases, capital projects, and budgets. 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.

“I am honored to be selected to serve an outstanding institution of higher education that has a long, storied history of preparing students for a lifetime of success,” said Stivers. “I am excited, and I am equally committed to being an integral part of President Hutchinson’s leadership team. I look forward to serving Chico State and its community in this capacity and especially having the pleasure of meeting each of you.”

Stivers earned his master’s degree in organizational management from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens. He also attended Mid-South Graduate School of Banking (currently Barret School of Banking) at Memphis State University.

“This important appointment is a result of Mr. Stivers’ successes in Tennessee working with a variety of constituencies including leaders of multiple campuses, trustees, and legislators,” said Charles Zartman, chair of the search committee. “He impressed the CSU, Chico community with his depth of knowledge relative to finance and auxiliaries, along with his approachable and collaborative manner. Those who interact with him will find attention to detail and adherence to principle as recognizable components of his every interaction.”

“I am deeply grateful for [the search committee’s] professionalism and dedication in the search for our new vice president for Business and Finance. I also want to thank faculty and staff who participated in the campus visits and provided feedback to the committee,” said President Gayle E. Hutchinson.

The vice president for Business and Finance manages several departments including Financial Services, Human Resources, Facilities Management and Services, Planning Design and Construction, University Police Department and other offices that are integral to the successful management of the campus.