Dr. Paul J. Zingg was president of California State University, Chico for 13 years. CSU, Chico, one of 23 campuses in The California State University System, is a comprehensive, four-year University whose motto “Today Decides Tomorrow” guides 17,500 students through their undergraduate and graduate education.
Prior to being named president at CSU, Chico, Dr. Zingg was provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo from 1995 to 2004. Before that he served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Cal Poly, 1993-1995.
Dr. Zingg served as dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Saint Mary’s College of California from 1986-1993. Previously, he spent several years at the University of Pennsylvania, 1978-1983, serving as executive assistant to the president and as vice dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He has held professorships in history at all the institutions he has served.
Dr. Zingg received his PhD in history in 1974 from the University of Georgia, Athens; an MA in history in 1969 from the University of Richmond, VA; and a BA in history in 1968 from Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina.
He has published ten books and over 100 articles on American higher education, student learning, educational leadership, sports history, and intercollegiate athletics. His books include a Pulitzer Prize-nominated biography, three books which received Circle of Excellence Awards from the American Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and a listing among the top 100 books published on golf since 2000. He has also acted as a sports history consultant to several presses, the media, museum curators, and on Ken Burns’ acclaimed television documentary series, Baseball, in 1994. Dr. Zingg was appointed a fellow of the American Council on Education in 1983-1984, has received support for his research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has served on several national boards and commissions for higher education, including his current place on a national presidential roundtable on higher education.
Dr. Zingg is a national leader in both environmental stewardship and civic engagement. He has most recently been elected to the Climate Leadership Council of Second Nature and is a founding signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. His leadership in civic engagement issues influenced the addition of a standard on "the public good" to WASC and includes several national and international recognitions.