People gather to celebrate the university's Director of Public Affairs and Communication Joe Wills' retirement. Photo credit: Molly Sullivan

University’s director of public affairs retires

December 6, 2016

Joe Wills, the director of public affairs and publications, celebrated his retirement on Dec. 2 after 19 years at Chico State.

At least 200 Chico State faculty, staff and students, including Willie the Wildcat gathered in Colusa Hall to recognize Wills’ service. Campus and community members gave speeches commending Wills’ work ethic and conduct.

“Joe was the face of the university to so many people on the TV and in the newspaper,” David Little said, editor of the Chico Enterprise-Record. “He always delivered, always.”

Wills was responsible for publicizing events, promoting university accomplishments and working with the press.

Prior to his time at Chico State, he worked at The Sacramento Bee, an Alaskan newspaper and as a high school English teacher.

During his retirement, Wills plans to play more basketball and improve his game. He also recently earned a certificate in marriage and family therapy from Chico State and will open a small family counseling practice.

“The experience of being in Chico and at Chico State has been very rich,” Wills said.

Molly Sullivan can be reached at [email protected] or @SullivanMollyM on Twitter.

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