MARCH 27, 2000

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JKJacquelyn Ann Kegley, longtime philosophy professor at California State University, Bakersfield, has been named one of five recipients of the 2000 Wang Family Excellence Award, given annually by the California State University.

The award, with a $20,000 prize for each recipient, was established by CSU Trustee Stanley T. Wang and his family in 1998 to honor four outstanding CSU faculty members and one outstanding CSU administrator. Wang is founder, president and chief executive officer of Pantronix Corp. in Fremont.

The faculty winners are selected from four academic areas:

- Visual and Performing Arts and Letters.

- Natural Science: mathematics, computer sciences and engineering.

- Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Public Services.

- Education and professional and applied sciences.

Kegley was the winner in the visual and performing arts and letters category.

This is the second year that the awards have been given, and the second year that a CSUB professor has won one of the awards. CSUB English professor Michael Flachmann won in 1999, also in the Visual and Performing Arts and Letters category.

"The awards honor faculty who have made remarkable contributions to students, the advancement of their respective campuses and to the CSU," Wang said in announcing the awards. "It gives me great pleasure to honor these outstanding faculty."

The other four winners are:

- Carlos Gutierrez, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at CSU Los Angeles, in the natural sciences category.

- Robert Cottrell, history professor at CSU Chico, in the social and behavioral sciences category.

- Steven Wickler, professor of animal science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, in the education category.

- Frederick Ryan, vice provost for information resources at CSU Chico, administrator.

The five winners will be presented their awards on May 9, following the CSU Trustees meeting. They were chosen from more than 120 nominees from the 23 campuses in the CSU. Each campus was allowed to nominate one faculty member in each category.

CSUB President Tomas Arciniega said he was delighted that Kegley had been awarded the Wang Family Excellence Award. "Jackie Kegley has made a truly remarkable contribution to both the California State University and CSU Bakersfield," he said. "She is a superior teacher, a widely acclaimed scholar and one of the finest citizens of this community. We are very proud of her award, and believe she is truly deserving of the recognition."

Kegley earned her bachelor's degree in English and history from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania in 1960, her master's in philosophy in 1964 from Rice University and her doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University in 1971. She came to CSUB in 1969 as part of the founding faculty as a lecturer in philosophy. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1973, associate professor in 1977 and to full professor in 1981.

She was named CSUB's "outstanding professor" in 1988, and was also honored by the CSU as systemwide outstanding professor that same year.

Among Kegley's specialties are ethical concerns raised by technology, ethics in medicine and issues in genetics. She is founder and patron as well as a lifetime fellow of the Kegley Institute of Ethics at CSUB, named after her late husband, Charles Kegley.

Among her numerous university service activities, she chairs the Academic Senate at CSUB, and is a member of the Cal State Bakersfield Foundation board of directors.

She has served on the boards of directors of the Kern County Mental Health Association, the Dorian Board for Support of the Arts, and Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Currently she is on the board of directors of the Meridian Ranch Group Home.

Kegley was stunned to learn of her award. "I'm overwhelmed and humbled because I think there are a lot of great teachers in the system," she said. "I think it's wonderful that Trustee Wang would be willing to support outstanding teaching through this awards program."

She's already determined that she will donate part of her $20,000 prize. "I'm going to donate at least half, maybe more, to the university," she said. "I'd like to give it back, possibly to the Kegley lecture series and some for a scholarship for students.

For Kegley, teaching involves much more than simply classroom instruction. "I've tried to encourage students to achieve their very best both intellectually and personally as human beings. I've been especially concerned that people become open and tolerant of a variety of points of view, to discuss and listen and be open to other ideas. I also have an increasing concern about ethical issues and our ability to deal with them."