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Unruh, John
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California State University, Chico
College of Agriculture, Californa State University
400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929

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John Unruh is dean of the California State University, Chico, College of Agriculture. He and his wife, Judy, moved to Chico from Manhattan, Kansas, where he served as chair of the undergraduate food science program at Kansas State University. He is originally from Eastern Washington, and Judy is from Idaho, and it has always been their goal to make it back to the West Coast. 

Unruh first learned of Chico State as a junior high student showing his steer at livestock shows in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, through livestock judging competitions, talking with Chico State students and parents, and professional interactions with various faculty, he has developed an admiration for the College of Agriculture’s focus on student success and experiential education, which mirrors his own philosophy on education.

He is finding at CSU, Chico, a deeply committed group of faculty and staff and talented, hard-working and enthusiastic students and a collective focus on student success. Unruh truly believes that CSU, Chico, is one of the gems of the nation’s agricultural education network.


Ph.D. in Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University, 1984
M.S. in Animal Science, Washington State University, 1981
B.S. in Animal Science, Washington State University, 1979