California State University, Bakersfield

The California State University Board of Trustees invites nominations and applications for the position of President of California State University, Bakersfield. Appointed by the board and reporting to the CSU Chancellor, the next President must be an energetic leader and passionate advocate for the university.

Centrally located on a 375-acre site in the southern San Joaquin Valley, California State University, Bakersfield is home to the Roadrunners – moving forward at lightning speed and championing intellectual progress. CSUB continuously rises in national rankings for its economic value and commitment to student success. Its students are brilliant and increasingly diverse – with the majority of graduates remaining in the Valley to solve the region's complex challenges.

CSUB is the only public university within nearly 100 miles. It is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, the university is committed to diversity, social justice, and equity. As of Fall 2023, CSUB reports 68.2 percent of undergraduates are of Hispanic heritage. Many of its students are the first generation in their families to attend college, and they are known as trailblazers achieving new heights of success. The university cultivates a campus community that champions diversity, equity, and inclusion. The university serves around 9,400 students at CSUB – taking classes at the main Bakersfield campus, at the Antelope Valley campus, or enrolled through CSUB's Extended Education and Global Outreach programs – and counts approximately 64,000 alumni from its four academic schools.

CSUB seeks a bold, visionary, and inspirational leader who can build upon the university's rich history and unique strengths to propel it towards a future marked by academic excellence, innovation, and deep community engagement. The next President will embody the core values and mission of CSUB, fostering an inclusive environment that prioritizes student success and engagement, transparency and clear communication, and strong external partnerships with the diverse communities of Bakersfield, broader Kern County, the Antelope Valley, and beyond.

Additional information regarding the presidential search, including a list of desired characteristics, can be found in the position profile at

The University is being assisted by Academic Search. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a CV, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to:

The position is open until filled, but only applications received by Friday, July 26, 2024, can be assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Die Hasselmo, Jay Lemons, and Chris Butler.

California State University, Bakersfield is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability or covered veteran status.

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