Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs Leadership Change - RCE

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February 14, 2018
Debra S. Larson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Debra Barger, dean of Regional & Continuing Education (RCE), has announced she will be retiring at the end of April.

Barger was appointed dean in July 2000. She was instrumental in the conversion of Chico State’s distance education programs from satellite to online delivery. She conceived the major capital construction project financed by RCE that improved the campus core, harmonized the built and natural environments through the creation of the Creekside Plaza, and transformed Colusa Hall into a professional meeting space.  The adjacent educational gardens that were added between the Center for Continuing Education building and Big Chico Creek feature native plants identified by the first campus signage in the Mechoopda language.  Barger’s efforts in promoting lifelong learning resulted in $2 million in endowment funding for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and another $1 million endowment for re-entry student scholarships. Her leadership of the North State Initiative exemplified her commitment to Chico State and the region. Her innovations and expanded grant funding for summer and winter sessions helped thousands of students make progress toward their degrees.

We deeply appreciate Barger’s 29 years of service to the University and her expansive knowledge, as well as her enduring contributions to the University. She will be missed!

Clare Roby will be appointed interim dean, effective May 1. Roby first served Chico State as a lecturer in the College of Business before joining the RCE team in 1997.  In 2007, she was appointed associate dean in RCE. Roby is the immediate past president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education and oversees a multimillion-dollar contract for the professional development of executive leadership in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

I anticipate the launch of a national search for a permanent dean in fall 2018.