CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame - Celebrating 11 Years!

In 2006, the Alumni Association along with university President Horace Mitchell created the CSU Bakersfield Alumni Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is intended to recognize alumni who have made significant contributions in their chosen field of endeavor and/or in their community, and whose accomplishments and careers have brought honor and distinction to the university. We recognize these outstanding alumni annually at a black-tie gala.

2017 Alumni Hall of Fame - 11th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at 5:00pm
Bakersfield Country Club
Tickets $125/pp
Table Sponsorship $1500/table
RSVP deadline is Friday, February 1st, 2017
For more information, call (661) 654-3211
Sponsorship opportunities available.

Congratulations to the 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees!

Douglas R. Greener, Class of 2004, 2007

Douglas R. Greener

Greener is Fire Chief of the Bakersfield Fire Department (BFD), where he has received a nationally recognized upgrade to an Insurances Services Office (ISO) rated Class 2 Fire Department, placing the BFD within the top 1.5% of Fire Departments nationwide. Greener has also been instrumental in securing the capital improvement and rehabilitation of aging and antiquated Fire Department facilities. Recently, he helped successfully bring one of the largest pieces of the World Trade Center on the West Coast to serve as the centerpiece of the BFD 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial in Bakersfield, a project which he chaired where he oversaw funding and construction. Greener has also been involved with CSUB as a member of the Board of Directors of the CSUB Alumni Association, where he was once served as president.

Michael A. Neal, Class of 1973, 1982

Michael A. Neal

Neal was part of the second graduating class at CSUB, which was then known as California State College Bakersfield. As part of such a young higher education institution, Neal had the opportunity to take part in the creation of the accounting club on campus, and served one of the first presidents of the CSUB Alumni Association as well as the Roadrunner Club. Neal was not only a student of CSUB, but also had a long standing career with the University where he served as Vice President for Business & Administrative Services and was a member of the President’s Cabinet until his retirement in 2014. Neal’s community involvement includes serving as a board member of the California Almond Board and the Kern County Farm Bureau, in addition to volunteering with the American Cancer Society and several church organizations. Neal was also a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Kern Agricultural Board, Berrenda Mesa Water District, and Bakersfield West Rotary Club.

David Reese, Class of 1984, 2012

David Reese

Reese is currently the principal of Bakersfield High School (BHS) and has served in the Kern County Education system for 32 years. He has fully implemented “The Driller Way,” a schoolwide initiative which encourages students to embrace the virtues and character traits that lead to a successful life. A pioneer in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education, Reese was instrumental in ensuring that BHS was the first school to introduce Project Lead the Way. He also championed and Co-Created the archiving program at BHS as a way of preserving much of what is valuable to the Bakersfield community. Reese has been recognized as Principal of the Year, Administrator of the Year and Teacher of the Year, along with various other awards in Bakersfield, including Coach of the Year, Outstanding Volunteer Award and the Bethany Service Award.

Tara-Nicholle Nelson, Class of 1996, 1998

Tara-Nicholle Nelson

Nelson served as the first and only Vice President of Marketing for MyFitnessPal, an online application used by more than 120 million people worldwide that gives users access to information about healthy food recipes and fitness activities, and allows them to track and share this information with other users. Nelson is the founder and CEO of Transformational Consumer Insights, Inc.(TCI), a strategy and customer research firm. She has authored two critically acclaimed books on real estate, published over 3,000 articles and syndicated columns on real estate and behavioral finance, and has served as the print, web and broadcast expert spokesperson for cable television network HGTV and real estate portal Trulia.com. Nelson has also been recognized as one of the Top 100 Influential Women in Real Estate, 2008-2009 in the Swanepoel Trends Report, as well as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Real Estate, 2008-2009 in the Inman News, and the Revvie Award for the Top Marketing Executive of 2015. She is the President of the Board of Directors for City Slicker Farms.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Greg Colson, Class of 1978

Greg Colson

Greg Colson is an accomplished artist with public collections all over the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Panza Collection, Varese, Italy; The Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Sammlung Rosenkranz, Berlin and more. As a Bakersfield native and graduate of CSUB, Mr. Colson gives great credibility to our arts department, university and the community by the international fame and exposure of his art work.

Shanna Treanor, M.D., Class of 1994

Shanna Treanor

Dr. Treanor is a pediatrician specializing in Pediatric Dermatology at Kaiser Permanente in Bakersfield, California. Dr. Treanor has won numerous awards and recognitions and served on the 2014-15 Kern County Special Olympics-Host Town Committee for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. While a senior at CSUB, Dr. Treanor served as President of Associate Students, Inc. and was instrumental to the designing and completion of the CSUB Student Union

Jeff Colson, Class of 1979

Jeff Colson

A commended artist, Jeff Colson has had the honor of showing his work in many acclaimed institutions such as The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Rosenkranz Foundation, Berlin, Germany and more. A 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, Fine Arts and City of Los Angeles Fellowship 2015 Cola Award winner, Colson has made a significant contribution to the art community.

Mike Maggard, Class of 1978

Mike Maggard

Kern County Supervisor 3rd District, Mike Maggard is a Certified Public Accountant and founder and owner of Maggard and Company, CPA’s in Bakersfield, California. Maggard has received multiple recognitions for his civic and community involvement, and was inducted into the Bakersfield City School District’s Hall of Fame in 2012. Supervisor Maggard served as a Bakersfield City Councilman from 1998-2006 and currently serves Kern County’s 3rd District as a Supervisor. Supervisor Maggard understands the pivotal role that higher education plays in self-fulfillment and improving one's quality of life and economic success.

Tom Hardt, Class of 1973

Tom Hardt

Tom Hardt has made a huge impact in the community by providing the funding and resources to make Hardt Field a reality on the CSUB campus. His dedication to the campus, students and the athletic department are abundant. Mr. Hardt founded the Hardt Family Foundation which funds local, social, religious, art and education organizations throughout Kern County. Through generous contributions to CSUB and numerous other associations, the Hardt family has served their community for more than 60 years.

Learn about our past Hall of Fame awardees.

See photos from past Hall of Fame ceremonies and other Alumni Events on our Facebook page.



2016 Hall of Fame Sponsors

Thank you to our 2016 CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame Gold and Silver Corporate Sponsors! The Wonderful Company, KGET, Bright House Networks, Chevron, Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Gregory D. Bynum & Associates, Inc.