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New Extended U. dean at CSUB
  April 3, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

Craig Kelsey has been named the new dean of the Extended University Division at California State University, Bakersfield.

Kelsey, who is currently serving as a professor and department head in the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, will begin at CSUB on June 1.

"We are delighted to have someone of Dr. Kelsey's caliber join our team at CSU Bakersfield," CSUB President Horace Mitchell said. "He has extensive administrative experience, including strategic planning, master planning, policy development and management of fiscal and personnel resources. His background and experience make him the ideal person to serve as dean of the university's Extended University Division."

As dean of Extended University Kelsey will be responsible for organizing and operating on-campus summer school and special-sessions programs, developing off-site educational opportunities, and creating partnerships with the community.

Kelsey earned both his bachelor of science in psychology and master of science in youth leadership and development from the University of Utah, a doctorate in youth leadership and development from the University of Maryland and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Mexico.

He began his academic career teaching at the University of South Dakota before becoming a professor and program coordinator at Utah State from 1978 to 1989. He spent 15 years at UNM in various administrative capacities, including serving as the executive director of the five UNM branch campuses, before returning to Utah State in 2004.

Kelsey is no stranger to Bakersfield: in 2000 and 2001 he worked with the City of Bakersfield to develop a parks and recreation master plan and a system-wide park plan.

And that's one of the reasons he sought the CSUB deanship: he likes Bakersfield. "I find the campus comfortable, and that's also how I feel about Bakersfield," he said. "The size of the community is something I felt my family would enjoy; it's in close proximity to a lot of neat things."

He's also excited about the opportunities provided by CSUB's Extended University. "The thing I want to be about the most is to assist the academic departments in taking their well respected programs and making them more available to the residents of Bakersfield and surrounding area. I want to make advancements in employment training, and develop different means of delivery the Internet, satellite.

"A second objective is creating personal- and professional-development opportunities for the community, from sports camps for youth to sophisticated programs in technical areas.

"Another objective I would like to fulfill is establish degree-completion programs for those who have become disengaged from the university track them down, work with them to build a degree-completion program and help them complete their degree."