May 20, 2004
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(May 20, 2004) - Dr. Horace Mitchell, vice chancellor for Business and Administrative Services at the University of California, Berkeley, today was named the fourth president of California State University, Bakersfield by the CSU Board of Trustees.

"Cal State Bakersfield is a growing campus with infinite possibilities, and the opportunity to serve as its president is an honor," said Mitchell. "While the current state budget situation is a challenge, I know that by working with the Bakersfield faculty, staff, students and the community we will make the campus even stronger by raising private funds and strengthening the already high quality of campus programs."

"Horace Mitchell has the administrative experience and academic background to lead Cal State Bakersfield solidly into the future," said CSU Trustee Roberta Achtenberg, chair of the presidential search committee. "Appointing a campus president is one of the most important responsibilities of the trustees, and we know that Dr. Mitchell is the person who will build on what current President Tomás Arciniega has created and take the campus to new heights."

Mitchell has been the vice chancellor for Business and Administrative Services at UC Berkeley since 1995. Previously he was the vice chancellor, Student Affairs and Campus Life at UC Irvine, where he also had served as the associate dean for Student and Curricular Affairs in the College of Medicine. At UC Irvine, he also served as an associate clinical professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and as the special assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. He was at UC Irvine from 1978-95.

At Washington University in St. Louis, he served as the chair of the Black Studies Program, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and an assistant professor of Education and Black Studies. He was at Washington University from 1968-78.

His degrees are all from Washington University. His bachelor's degree is in psychology, his master's is in counseling, and his Ph.D. is in counseling psychology.

Mitchell was one of three finalists for the Bakersfield presidency. He succeeds President Tomás Arciniega, who is retiring in June after 21 years as CSUB president and 31 years in the California State University system.

Mitchell will assume the leadership position at the Bakersfield campus on July 15.  The CSU Board of Trustees will set his salary before he assumes the presidency.

The search for a new president began in January. The presidential search committee was composed of three CSU trustees, plus the board chair, the CSU chancellor, a CSU president, Bakersfield faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives, and community members.

For information about the CSU presidential search process, see the Executive Search page at http://executivesearch.calstate.edu/

California State University, Bakersfield was founded in 1965 and has been offering classes since 1970 at its 375-acre campus. It has evolved into a comprehensive regional university providing quality education to area residents. Located in the heart of the West Coast's oil production region, it has the only public university petroleum geology program west of the Rockies, an extraordinary level of student-faculty interaction and a highly personalized learning atmosphere. It offers 31 bachelor's and 22 masteer's degree programs. The Roadrunner sports teams have won national championships in men's basketball, swimming, wrestling, and soccer, and women's volleyball, tennis, and softball. CSUB's Antelope Valley satellite campus serves the Lancaster and Palmdale areas. See www.csub.edu.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 409,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 77,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu .