Dr. Horace Mitchell
became the fourth President of California State University, Bakersfield
(CSUB) in July 2004, after thirty-six years of experience in higher
education. Under Dr. Mitchell’s leadership, the University
is entering a period of rapid development, with a vision to extend
the excellence and diversity of the faculty and academic programs,
enhance the quality of the student experience, and strengthen
Dr. Mitchell came to his current
position from the University of California, Berkeley, where he
served as Vice Chancellor, Business and Administrative Services,
and affiliated professor, African American Studies. Prior to that,
he served as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus
Life, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
at UC Irvine.
Dr. Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree
in psychology, a master’s in counseling, and a Ph.D. in
counseling psychology, all from Washington University in St. Louis.
He began his professional career at his alma mater in 1968.
Dr. Mitchell’s professional
memberships include the American Association for Higher Education,
the American Council on Education, the American Psychological
Association, and the Association of Black Psychologists. He has
been recognized widely for his many years of community service
by civic, non-profit, governmental, educational, and professional
organizations. Dr. Mitchell’s teaching and research interests
are in the areas of multicultural psychology and psychological
assessment. He continues to teach one course each year, and maintains
his California license for private practice as a psychologist.
Dr. Mitchell and his wife, Barbara Mitchell,
have been married for more than 38 years. They have three adult
children and five grandchildren.