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CSUB Professor Earns National Honor
  March 22, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

Louis Wildman, professor of education at California State University, Bakersfield, has been named as The National Council of Professors of Educational Administration's 2006 "Living Legend." The award is given annually as a way of recognizing NCPEA's outstanding members who have distinguished themselves through active participation in the organization and the profession.

The award will be presented to Wildman in August in Kentucky at the council's national convention.

Curtis Guaglianone, CSUB's dean of the School of Education said, "It is dedicated, professional educators like Dr. Louis Wildman who are recognized statewide and nationally that are bringing the School of Education at California State University, Bakersfield closer to reaching its goal of becoming the higher education institution of choice for teacher, counselor, and administrator preparation in the greater Kern County region."

Wildman is coordinator of the educational administration program at CSUB, and coordinates CSUB's joint doctoral program in educational administration with the University of the Pacific in Stockton. He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and music from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., his master's in music education from the University of Portland, and his doctorate in education from the University of Washington. He had previously been named "California Professor of the Year" for 2005 by the Association of California School Administrators and selected by local school administrators as "Professor of the Year" in the Bakersfield region.

"When I heard that I would receive the Living Legend award from the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, I was truly speechless," Wildman said. "I had not applied for this national award, nor even considered the possibility of receiving it. Over the years, my heroes in educational administration have received this award, and now I'm hoping that the speech I make at the opening banquet will be up to their expectations.

"I've decided to talk about the needed curriculum balance between pre-defined standards and opportunities for students to investigate ideas," he continued. "While it is certainly necessary that students learn the basics, I think there is presently an over-emphasis upon teaching to a narrow set of pre-defined standards. The investigatory side, which develops student creativity and an interest in academic pursuits, is being stifled. I'm hoping that I can briefly trace the history of these two sides of the curriculum and that I can convince those in attendance to work for this needed balance."