Mission Statement
About CSU Bakersfield

Early CSUB







Dorothy Donahoe Hall
Romberg Nursing Center
Dore Theatre
Walter Stiern Library
Icardo Center
Student Union


Religious Studies

Expansion of CSUB - 1990's

Students resting, taking a break California State University, Bakersfield pulled through the 1980's with the help of the community. The university, however, was still not out of the woods with many new trials to face.

Approaching the 21st Century, CSUB took steps to keep up with the rapidly development of technology, especially computer and telecommunications technologies, which have proven to have a dramatic impact upon how we teach and how students learn. The Walter W. Stiern Library was and continues to be a focal point of our progress toward applying technology in higher education because it houses a state of the art media center, computer labs, web-services, Instructional Television, and ITS.

The university continues to look at new paradigms for teaching and learning. The new technology has changed fundamentally how classes are being taught. It has changed the role of the teacher, the responsibilities of the student, the resources available to students and the environment in which the learning process takes place. These changes in new technologies would become very challenging for the new CSUB President Tomas Arciniega.

Dr. Tomas A. Arciniega Dr. Tomas A. Arciniega served as the third president of CSUB from 1983 to 2004. He was a native of Texas and earned his B.S. in Teacher Education at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces on a football scholarship. He earned his master's degree and doctorate in Educational Administration at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Also he served in the military.

Our Roadrunner athletes continued in the 1990's to rank among the nation's most winning NCAA programs at any level. The athletics program has been a source of continuing pride for the university and for the community. Since the department's inception, the CSUB athletic program has won 29 national team titles-including a record 12th men's swimming championship, a rate no other Division II school in the nation has ever matched.

Athletics play an integral role in higher education. The discipline, values and teamwork required in competitive sports make our athletes better students. Roadrunner student-athletes also go on to play a significant role in the community. While more than 170 CSUB student-athletes have gone on to become teachers and/or coaches in the greater Bakersfield area alone. Some of these student-athletes have moved on to professional sports as well as the Olympics.