|May 12, 2005
Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or
California State University, Bakersfield will inaugurate its fourth president, Horace Mitchell, on Friday, May 20, at 3 p.m. highlighting the two-day festivities of the university’s 35th anniversary and inaugural celebration. The public is invited to attend this free event.
Mitchell, who arrived on campus in July 2004, asked that inaugural events be planned as a celebration of the 35-year history of the university. The celebration will also honor campus founders, the university’s 25,000-plus alumni and the partnership with the community. The excellence of current faculty also will be spotlighted.
“Representatives from the Legislature, CSU Board of Trustees, Chancellor’s Office, and all other CSU campuses plus other institutions of higher learning will be attending the inaugural ceremony,” said Provost Jim George, chair of the inaugural committee. Chancellor Charles B. Reed is expected, along with Murray Galinson, chair of the CSU Board of Trustees. Local elected officials will also be present.
The inauguration is set to be a memorable event for the community. “It’s going to be impressive,” said Michael Chertok, vice president for university advancement. In line with Mitchell’s theme of “Linking the Past to the Future: Excellence through Partnerships,” the grand processional will include members of current and emeriti faculty and administrators in full academic regalia. Following the inaugural procession will be the March of the Alumni. Alumni will march grouped in the decade of their graduation without cap and gown. Those marching will have reserved seating for the ceremony and a special alumni gift.
The CSUB Community Concert Band, conducted by music professor Pat Childress, will be playing throughout the ceremony along with a performance by a local choir. During the investiture, Reed will present Mitchell with the CSUB Presidential Medallion, a new seal designed especially for the occasion. Mitchell will also give his inaugural address titled, “Partnerships for Excellence: Linking the Past to the Future.” African drums will play throughout the recessional.
The ceremony will conclude by 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a celebratory reception.
Mitchell came to CSUB from the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as vice chancellor for business and administrative services, and professor of African American Studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s in counseling, and a doctorate in counseling psychology, all from Washington University in St. Louis. He continues to teach one course each year, and maintains his California license for private practice as a psychologist.
He and his wife, Barbara, have been married for more than 38 years. They have three children and five grandchildren.
Parking arrangements are as follows: Parking Lot B, located near the Doré Theatre, is reserved for participants of the event. Groups who will be participating in the inaugural ceremony will be forming in Lot C, located by the Music Building. Parking Lot D, located by the Walter Stiern Library, is reserved for handicapped guests. For those who will be just observing, George suggested parking in Lot A near the soccer fields.
The Inaugural Ball, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at Seven Oaks Country Club, will conclude the celebration. “The event is already sold out,” said inaugural committee member Laura Wolfe. “We are so pleased with the outpouring of community support.”
Four hotels in Bakersfield are offering special rates for those traveling to attend the celebration: the Doubletree Hotel, Homewood Suites, Four Points by Sheraton, and Residence Inn by Marriott.
Those who wish to participate as a delegate and/or for any additional information regarding the ceremony or the inaugural ball please visit the website at www.csub.edu/inauguration. Alumni interested in participating in the march are invited to RSVP at (661) 654-3211 or via the website.