Chico State president to retire in 2016

Aug 20, 2015 8:24 PM by News Staff

The president of California State University, Chico says he plans to retire after the 2015-2016 school year.

President Paul J. Zingg made the announcement to faculty and staff during his annual fall convocation address. He is entering his 13th academic year as president, and has been a member of the California State University system for 23 years.

In his convocation address, Zingg said, “I have never been happier or felt that I was making a stronger contribution anywhere than here -- in your company and as your colleague in the pursuit of our noble mission and its most compelling values.” When addressing his retirement decision, he added that his decision was “informed by my health, my love for my family, and my deep commitment to the best interests of this university.”

Zingg was appointed president in the 2003-04 academic year, and served as the campus’ 14th president. Prior to his appointment, he spent 11 years at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo as the provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a professor of history.

Through his commitment to academic excellence and student success, CSU Chico has substantially increased degree completion rates among first-time freshmen and transfer students. The university has earned the highest possible score for academic excellence on the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and is ranked among the best master’s-level public universities in the West in U.S. News and World Report.

Zingg also led the campus through its re-accreditation process, earning the maximum length of accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. And, through his commitment to sustainability, CSU Chico became an inaugural member of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and the Alliance for Resilient Campuses.

In the coming months, the CSU Board of Trustees will begin a national search to select a new campus president.


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