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CSU Trustees Confer Title of President Emeritus on CSUB President Mitchell

The California State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday conferred the title of President Emeritus on CSU Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell for his many years of service to students, faculty, staff and alumni.

“CSU Bakersfield has thrived under your 14 years as president standing as a beacon for academic excellence, student and alumni success, and consequential services to a dynamically diverse and critically important region of our state,” said Rebecca Eisen, chair of the Board of Trustees. “You leave an indelible mark on all of us -- one that we are the better for.

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White also praised President Mitchell for his “principled and value- based leadership” that has set up CSUB for continued growth and excellence in the future.

The fourth president of CSU Bakersfield, President Mitchell announced his retirement in August 2017, effective June 30, 2018.

In accepting the honor, President Mitchell said, “It has been my privilege and honor to serve our community and our students as president of CSU Bakersfield over the past 14 years. I’ve always been very clear when people have given me compliments that the work we’ve done is the result of the commitment and hard work of the faculty and staff at the University who are outstanding, along with the support that we receive from our alumni, our community, and the various supporters of the university.

President Mitchell joined CSUB from the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as

vice chancellor, Business and Administrative Services and affiliated professor, African American

Studies. Upon leaving UC Berkeley, he was awarded the Berkeley Citation, one of the campus'

highest honors. Also, the title Vice Chancellor-Business Affairs, Emeritus was bestowed on him

by the president of the University of California system.

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