Manel Esteban

Manel Esteban, Academy Village Resident

 Wednesday, March 16, 2022,

2:30-3:30 pm,

The ASA Great Room, and ASA Zoom Webinar*  


Our neighbor, Manel, will read from and talk about his autobiography, An Incredible Journey– From a Barcelona Eighth Grade Drop Out to an American University Presidency (2021), available from and on Kindle. 

Adapted from the cover:

For the first fifteen years of Manuel A. Esteban’s life in Barcelona, the future looked bleak.  An eighth-grade dropout, his choices seemed limited to house painting or becoming a glassblower.  His father never believed Manel would amount to anything. Yet, as Esteban’s   family moved from one country to another for his father’s work opportunities, Manel began to overcome the challenges of language and culture and formulate dreams of success.

This extraordinary autobiography takes readers across four countries as one young immigrant navigates self-doubt and continual change on his road to success and contentment.  Through it all, Manuel A. Esteban’s perseverance and determination empowered his ambitious shift from rudderless drifter to recipient of a PhD and president of highly respected university. An Incredible Journey is a gripping story sure to inspire seekers, leaders, dreamers, and all who travel a path far from home. 

Manel received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Calgary and his PhD in French at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was a faculty member at the University of Michigan at Dearborn from 1973-87, rising to the position of Associate Dean of Arts, Sciences, and Letters in his final two years. From 1987-1990 he was Dean of Arts and Sciences at California State, Bakersfield; Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Humboldt State Univ (CA) from 1990-93; and from 1993-2003, President of California State University, Chico. Manel and his wife Gloria moved to Academy Village in 2017.

Preview compiled by Suzanne Ferguson, Academy Village Volunteer

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March 16: “An Incredible Journey–From a Barcelona Eighth Grade Drop-Out to an American University Presidency”