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CSUB to debut Distinguished Speaker Series with prominent international business leader Elon Musk

Photo of Elon MuskCalifornia State University, Bakersfield is proud to announce that Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, will be the inaugural speaker of the CSUB Distinguished Speaker Series. The event will take place Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 6pm inside the CSUB Doré Theatre.  “The purpose of the CSU Bakersfield Distinguished Speaker Series is to bring to the university and community distinguished individuals whose achievements have had national and/or international significance,” said Dr. Horace Mitchell, President of CSUB.  It is anticipated that there will be two speakers each year.

Born in South Africa, Musk is an engineer and entrepreneur who builds and operates companies to solve environmental, social and economic challenges.  He holds a physics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a business degree from Wharton.  He co-founded PayPal and currently drives strategy, development and design at two companies he created: Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Tesla Motors. He also serves as Chairman on a third company, SolarCity, which he co-founded.  Musk led SpaceX’s efforts to be the first private company to successfully launch and dock a spacecraft with the international space station.  He is also a trustee of the X Prize Foundation, which promotes renewable energy technologies.

The CSU Bakersfield Distinguished Speaker Series Advisory Committee is composed of campus and community members, along with Congressman Kevin McCarthy serving as an honorary member. As an alumnus, McCarthy continues to support his alma mater and community by collaborating with partners of the University to enhance its programs through initiatives such as the Distinguished Speaker Series.

"Elon Musk is known around the world as a successful entrepreneur and a man of tremendous ideas, and I'm excited that Elon accepted my invitation to come to Bakersfield and speak at my alma mater CSUB,” said McCarthy.

“The series is a shining example of our commitment to excellence as we work to secure powerful partnerships that help move Kern County and the southern San Joaquin Valley forward,” said Mitchell. 

The CSU Bakersfield Distinguished Speaker Series is free and open to the public. However, reservations will be required due to limited seating. Please email or call 661-654-2136.  For more information on the event, please visit

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