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California State University, Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell today received the Unity Award for his outstanding contributions in promoting diversity and collaborations on campus. CSUB students select the recipient and presented the award to President Mitchell at the third annual CSUB Unity Breakfast as part of the university’s Black History Month celebration.

“President Mitchell is a true leader who promotes excellence in everything he does,” said Airica Carmon. “As a student, I have admired and looked up to President Mitchell and am proud to call him our president.”

“I am very honored to receive the Unity Award. It is a great surprise,” President Mitchell said. “It is meaningful to me to have students recognize our significant efforts in promoting diversity and encouraging collaborations in everything that we do at CSUB.”

President Mitchell became the fourth president of CSU Bakersfield in July 2004. In August 2017, he announced that he will retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year, effective June 30, 2018, ending a 50-year career in higher education that included leadership positions at Washington University in St. Louis, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley and CSUB.

Previous winners of the Unity Award are CSUB Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Wallace and Assistant to the President for Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance Claudia Catota.

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