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CSUB President to discuss education plans in the Antelope Valley
  May 8, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

California State University, Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell will join fellow state educators in discussing higher education plans in the Antelope Valley on Friday, May 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds' Lilac Pavilion, 2551 W. Avenue H, Lancaster. The Antelope Valley Board of Trade is hosting the event and expects over 100 people to attend.

"CSUB is fully committed to providing a broad range of academic programs that are responsive to the needs of the Antelope Valley region," Mitchell said. "We will continue to seek additional state funding to serve the region more comprehensively. As enrollment continues to grow over the years it is possible that the California State University, Bakersfield Antelope Valley Center could become an independent campus within the CSU system."

Antelope Valley community members want to see continued growth in their area as well. Organizers said the community would like to attract a four-year university to the valley in the future. "Our first choice is to attract the California State University system," said Cathy Hart, executive director of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade.

John Hultsman, CSUB Antelope Valley associate vice president added, "After being in the Antelope Valley for nearly two years I see there is significant community interest in advancing higher education in the valley."

Participants will hear from Gary Reichard, CSU executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and Allison Jones, CSU assistant vice chancellor for student academic support. Following the presentations from the CSU officials, panelists will discuss issues in higher education in the Antelope Valley. Panelists include: Mitchell; John Welty, CSU Fresno president; Jackie Fisher, Antelope Valley College president; and David Vierra, Antelope Valley Union High School District superintendent.

Guests will then select from one of four breakout sessions to participate in. The discussions will range from the development of a master plan for a four-year institution to what programs should be offered. These issues will then be part of the next phase of the planning process for higher education in the Antelope Valley.

The agenda for the day is as follows:

  • 8 to 8:30 a.m. - Registration and continental breakfast
  • 8:30 to 8:46 a.m. - Welcoming remarks and recognition of elected officials and donors from Chris Spicher, Antelope Valley Board of Trade president.
  • 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. - Keynote address presented by Reichard and Jones
  • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. - Panel discussion
  • 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. - Break
  • 10:45 to noon - Question and answer session
  • Noon to 1:15 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:15 to 2 p.m. - Round table strategy sessions. Moderated small group discussions of how to address issues including developing a master plan for a four-year institution, defining the service area, curriculum issues, and land and resources.
  • 2:15 to 2:30 p.m. - Break
  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Round table session reports
  • 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. - Summary/Closing Remarks from Spicher

Tickets are $20 if purchased by May 15 or $25 at the door and include a continental breakfast and lunch. For additional information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Hart at (661) 952-9581.