APRIL 9, 2001

CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu



Provost Catlin retires


Robert A. Catlin, provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Bakersfield, has announced his retirement effective this summer.

Catlin began his career in higher education in 1972 as an assistant professor of urban and regional planning at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Before coming to CSUB as provost in July 1999, Catlin served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University, Camden, N.J.

"I have been fortunate to work as a higher education professional for almost 30 years," Catlin said. "We have just successfully concluded a search for the founding dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and will be completing the search for the dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering. By July we will have a solid lineup of school deans on board ready to steer CSUB well into the new millennium. Our engineering program has been approved, and plans for the new enginnering and science building are under way. Now it's time for me to do other things.

"I am thankful to President Tomas Arciniega for giving me the opportunity to serve as provost in the CSU system. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my fellow administrators, the deans and our excellent faculty."

Catlin said he plans an "active retirement," including reading, writing for publications, traveling and part-time teaching. "I also look forward to spending quality time with my wife, Ethel, and our adult daughters, Janell and Michelle."

Arciniega said he appreciated all the Catlin had done since joining CSUB in July 1999. "I want to thank Dr. Catlin publicly for his efforts during the busy past two years, particularly with regard to the reorganization of the School of Arts and Sciences into the two new schools, the establishment of the new engineering program, and the recruitment of solid new and reassigned people to staff those and other academic program initiatives.

"We wish Dr. Catlin his wife, Ethel, and their family the best of everything in Bob's retirement."


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