Our History

2000s

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.





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