Twenty-five years after Milton Lang walked across the stage at California State University, Chico with a degree in social work, he’s back to help lead the University’s current students into the future.
Lang returned to his alma mater this month to begin work as CSU, Chico’s new vice president for Student Affairs, saying that it’s a joy and an honor to return to the institution that provided him with so many opportunities and launched his career into higher education.
“I never thought that I’d return to my alma mater to be the vice president for Student Affairs. I’m truly humbled by the opportunity,” he said. “I am thrilled, honored and excited to be here, and I’m also excited to have the opportunity to work with our president, Gayle E. Hutchinson. Her passion for access to higher education, her leadership style and how transparent and collaborative she is in wanting to move Chico State to new heights are contagious.”
After Lang earned his degree from CSU, Chico, he went on to earn his master’s degree in education and his EdD in higher education administration from Washington State University.
Lang comes to CSU, Chico from the University of California, Davis where he worked as the associate vice chancellor for student life, campus community and retention services in the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs since 2013. Prior to his work at UC Davis, Lang was senior associate vice president for student affairs and enrollment and senior associate vice president for the Division of Student Affairs, Equity and Diversity at Washington State University.
“Dr. Lang possesses a deep understanding of CSU, Chico and the Chico community from his days as an active and engaged undergraduate student,” said Dr. Charles Zartman, chair of the committee that conducted a nationwide search to fill the position vacated by retired vice president Drew Calandrella.
“He has built on those experiences through successful graduate studies and two decades of increasing student affairs administrative responsibilities at two other campuses,” Zartman added. “Those who encounter him will quickly find an enthusiastic, perceptive, caring, prepared and forward-thinking student affairs leader, who also remains very much committed to bringing the best out of others in his every interaction.”
Lang said he is eager to bring his enthusiasm for higher education to his alma mater and address some of the most critical issues facing students today, including affordability and mental health.
“Over the past 25 years, everywhere I go, I tell people about the world-class education I received at CSU, Chico, and the outstanding faculty, staff and students that changed my life as an undergraduate student,” Lang said. “I’m ready to roll up my sleeves—with the Division of Student Affairs and the campus community—to assist our students. As a team, we will work diligently to support students’ personal and professional development, enhance their campus engagement and sense of belonging, and assist them in reaching their educational goals and career aspirations.”
For more information, contact Brooke Banks, Chief of Staff, at 530-898-5201.