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CSUB To Honor Harvey L. Hall with Honorary Doctorate

California State University, Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell today announced that former Bakersfield Mayor Harvey L. Hall will be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at CSUB’s spring 2017 commencement ceremony in May.  An honorary doctorate is CSUB’s highest honor.

“Harvey Hall’s support for CSUB and our community is upfront and unwavering,” President Mitchell said.  “The criteria established for awarding the honorary doctorate include distinction in the nominee’s chosen field of endeavor, widely recognized eminence, and demonstrated values consistent with those of higher education and the highest ideals of the chosen field.  Harvey Hall embodies, exemplifies, and exceeds those criteria.

“I’ve thought for a long time that Mayor Hall should receive an honorary degree from CSUB. However, he kept getting re-elected, and incumbent public officials are not eligible for the award of an honorary degree.”

Hall is a longtime supporter of CSUB.  In 2014, President Mitchell presented then-Mayor Hall with the CSUB President’s Award for his leadership, commitment, and service to the University and the community. In 2010, the CSUB School of Business and Public Administration Executive Advisory Council honored then-Mayor Hall with the prestigious John Brock Community Service Award for his strong record of exemplary community engagement and service.

Widely esteemed as a pioneer of emergency medical services in the state, Hall is the founder and CEO of Hall Ambulance, the largest emergency and non-emergency medical transportation provider in Kern County and California.

Affectionately known as “Mr. Bakersfield,” Hall also served 16 years as mayor, making him the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.  During that time, he dedicated his entire salary as mayor to funding the Mayor Harvey L. Hall Scholarship Fund, awarding more than $250,000 in scholarships to almost 300 high school, community college, and CSUB students.

In celebration of his company’s 45th anniversary last year, Hall Ambulance donated eight life-saving automated external defibrillators to the Athletics Department, one for each of CSUB’s eight sports facilities.  He also donates Hall Ambulance services at each home athletic contest, is a key speaker at the Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, and is the premier sponsor of CSUB’s Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon.

“Harvey Hall has made a significant impact on our campus and will continue to do so for many years to come,” said CSUB Director of Athletics Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried.


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