Two interim deans appointed at CSUB

September 11, 2008
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Today California State University, Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell announced the appointment of Edwin Sasaki as interim dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Craig Kelsey as interim dean of the School of Education. The interim deans were selected following recommendations from the respective schools' faculty members. The appointments are effective immediately.

Sasaki has been at CSUB for 34 years, arriving two years after the university was established. He was a psychology professor and has directed numerous projects and programs for the university, including serving previously as interim dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2006, Sasaki entered the Faculty Early Retirement Program and serves as special assistant to the provost. Upon his retirement, Mitchell awarded him the President's Medal for his unyielding commitment to the mission of CSUB. Sasaki holds a doctorate in psychology from Stanford University.

Kelsey joined CSUB in 2006 as the dean of extended university. He previously served as a faculty member in the College of Education at the University of South Dakota and as department head in the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. For five years Kelsey was the associate dean of the College of Education at the University of New Mexico. He holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Mexico.

Sasaki succeeds Marla Iyasere who served in the capacity of dean since February 2001. Kelsey succeeds Curt Guaglianone who served as dean for four years. Both Iyasere and Guaglianone have accepted positions as special assistant to the provost, and will undertake projects that are critical to advancing CSUB. Iyasere will be involved in increasing our visibility and outreach to the community in order to improve the college-attendance rates. Guaglianone will work on extending professional development opportunities for teachers within Kern County and Antelope Valley.

A national search will be initiated during the next few weeks to recruit candidates for permanent dean appointments. The search process is expected to be complete by summer 2009.