Our History


There is a sea of change in the world of higher education. Budgets are being squeezed, our students are more diverse, technology is changing rapidly, and the public is demanding accountability.

Taking the helm in 2004 as the universityís fourth president, Dr. Horace Mitchell leads with optimism and vigor. He has set an ambitious vision for excellence and leads the campus forward during turbulent times.

California State University, Bakersfield remains committed to moving forward - with courage and optimism, faithful to our mission - to provide opportunity for higher education to all students, to teach our students to become productive, responsible citizens in the wider community, and to serve the community through our endeavors and achievements.

In the CSUB family, we are proud of the unique perspective from which we can look back with pride and satisfaction and, more important, look ahead with optimism and vigor. Ours is a history notable for commitment and fulfillment, promises made and promises kept-a quarter century that points to the new millennium with fresh hope and new promises to keep.

Jan. 2000
Antelope Valley satellite campus opens
Feb. 2000
Communications major added
March 2000
Interdisciplinary studies graduate program introduced
July 2000
School of Arts and Sciences splits to become the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Oct. 2000
Womenís basketball team established
April 2001
New bookstore opens in Student Union
May 2002
WBusiness Development Center / Dezember Leadership Development Center opens
Fall 2003
Masterís degree in Spanish offered
July 2004
Dr. Horace Mitchell becomes 4th president of CSUB
March 2008
Science III opens
May 2009
Student Recreation Center opens