California Governor Appoints New State Printer
Following the retirement of Jerry Hill as California’s State Printer at the end of 2020, the top position at the Office of State Publishing (OSP) was vacant for a year, with Brent Jamison serving as Acting State Printer. That changed in January when Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Paul G. Dixon, 65, of Sacramento, the new State Printer, a position that does not require Senate confirmation. He served as assistant deputy director of operations at the California Department of General Services’ Facility Management Division since 2018. OSP is part of General Services.
A New York state native, Dixon earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon. His architectural career has included projects in education, the public sector and commercial industrial, primarily in the beverage sector.
Dixon was project architect at Barry-Wehmiller Design Group Facilities Solutions from 2015 to 2018. Before that he was director of facilities and operations at the San Lorenzo Unified School District from 2012 to 2015. He served as project architect at MWA Architects from 2011 to 2012, and between 2007-2011 was a project architect at LPAS.
As the new State Printer, he inherits an in-plant that has seen sweeping changes over the past few years. In August 2019, OSP moved into a smaller, more energy efficient facility, shedding most of its web offset presses and adding a more appropriate mix of digital printing equipment. It is the largest state printing operation in the country.
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.