Ernest Chavez, professor of psychology, is celebrating his 40-year milestone with Colorado State University this year.
Chavez grew up in New Mexico where he thought his career path would lead him to becoming a small-town priest. However, he became a first-generation college student when he chose to pursue his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of New Mexico. He then continued his education at Washington State to earn his Ph.D. in 1976.
Taking a position with CSU straight out of school, he had no intention of staying for 40 years.
“We have faculty that could be teaching at any of the ‘top-notch’ universities in the country, but Fort Collins and CSU offer a quality of life that you don’t get in other places,” said Chavez.