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CSU Bakersfield appoints new Vice President for Student Affairs
November 29, 2011After an extensive national search that generated a diverse, competitive pool of fourteen candidates, CSU Bakersfield today announced that Dr. Thomas Wallace has been named the university's new Vice President for Student Affairs. Wallace will replace Dr. John Hultsman who has served as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs since 2009. Wallace's appointment will begin on February 15, 2012.
A diverse search committee of faculty, staff, students, and administrators selected four finalists to bring to campus for day-long interviews. The committee recommended two finalists.
"When I met with the search committee to get their recommendation, it was clear that Dr. Wallace was their top choice. I agreed. He will bring a wealth of experience in student affairs and university leadership, and he will be a major contributor to the campus and community," said President Horace Mitchell. "I am extremely pleased to have someone with his talents and experience joining our leadership team."
In his new role, Wallace will serve as a member of the President's Cabinet and will be responsible for campus programs, services, and activities that support the university's educational mission by promoting student development, enhancing the quality of the student experience, and campus life.
Specifically, Wallace will oversee a variety of units on campus including Athletics, the Center for Community Engagement and Career Education, Children's Center, Housing and Residential Life, Services for Students with Disabilities, Student Health Center, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Student Recreation Center, Student Involvement and Leadership, Student Union, Associated Students, Inc., Campus Dining, and the Runner Bookstore.
"I was very impressed by the university's commitment to student development, its insistence on high-quality instruction and the desire to strengthen its presence as a student-centered campus," Wallace said of his interest in the position. "This is a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to becoming an integral part of the overall strategic mission of CSUB."
Wallace is a career educator, amassing 32 years of experience. Prior to becoming a professor of educational leadership and a student affairs administrator at the University of Mississippi where he served from 1990 to 2010, Wallace was a K-12 teacher and principal.
Wallace comes to CSUB from the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he has served as associate vice chancellor for student affairs, the campus' chief student affairs position, since June 2010. In this role, he oversees 14 departments and 210 employees responsible for enhancing the learning environment through student services, educational support programs, and experiences gained through co-curricular programs and activities.
Wallace earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Education Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration/Educational Leadership, all from the University of Mississippi. He is married and has two daughters and one son (ages 13, 18 and 19). He enjoys jogging, tennis, basketball, board games, reading, and traveling.
"We are very pleased and fortunate to have recruited such a worthy candidate," said Mike Neal, search committee chair and CSUB's vice president for business & administrative services. "Dr. Wallace will add a new and exciting dynamic to the division and to the campus. We look forward to welcoming his family and him to Bakersfield."