Prior to retiring, Dr. Chris Hasegawa was a founding faculty member and Dean at California State University Monterey Bay. Hasegawa arrived at CSUMB just before the doors opened in 1995, was hired as the Coordinator for the Field-Based Teacher Education Program. But his roles quickly shifted and in 1997 he was appointed Director of the Institute for Communications Science and Technology, followed by his selection as Institute of Earth Systems Science and Policy (the Science Department) Director/Chair. However, Hasegawa views change as just another exciting turn in the road and change has marked his education and career from early on. Hasegawa started his undergraduate education, at Reedley Community College in Reedley, California, as a music major. "The reason I left music as a career was because when we started to get good we began to play in bars," he says, "and I'm allergic to cigarette smoke, so I couldn't breathe. When you're a jazz saxophone player and can't play in bars, that's kind of the end of your career." Soon after quitting his jazz band, Hasegawa changed his major to science, transferred to UC Davis, and earned a Bachelor's in biochemistry. After graduation he left California to work at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Maryland. At the NIH he worked in a lab that studied the effect of illegal drugs on the brain cells of mice, but the job soon became "depressing." "It's was really fascinating work, but I just got sick of killing mice," he explains. A short time later Hasegawa made it back to California and received a teaching credential along with a Master's in Education from UC Davis. He taught physical and life sciences at a junior high school and a high school before leaving for the University of Oregon where he received his PhD. While in Oregon he taught third grade and fifth grade and specialized in science education, in particular, how to explain complex information to children. Hasegawa received his first university appointment at CSU Sacramento, as an Assistant Professor in their Teacher Education department, before moving to a CSUMB. Now retired, Dr. Hasegawa serves the community as Vice President on the Board of Trustees for the Spreckels Union School District and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Hasegawa also serves as Secretary for the board for ALBA (Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association) which provides educational and business opportunities for farm workers and aspiring farmers to grow and sell crops grown on two organic farms in Monterey County, California and President of the Board of Governors for the Monterey Peninsula Choral Society. Chris is married to Denise, a cardiac rehab nurse for CHOMP, and has two grown children, Matthew and Lesley.