California State University, Bakersfield seeks a visionary, student-centered and community-minded leader to join the campus as its president and shape a vision and plan for the future that transforms the lives of its students, inspires excellence across the university and contributes to the success of its community.
Centrally located on a 375-acre site in the southern San Joaquin Valley and founded in 1965, California State University, Bakersfield is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University (CSU) system, the largest public four-year system of higher education in the United States. The university serves more than 10,000 students at the main campus in Bakersfield and its regional center in Antelope Valley. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and credential programs and a doctoral program in Educational Leadership through its four schools: Arts and Humanities; Business and Public Administration; Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering; and Social Sciences and Education. CSUB’s Extended University serves the community by offering additional professional development, certificate and degree programs. The university’s faculty are top in their fields with nearly 75 percent holding terminal degrees. A NCAA Division I school, CSUB has competed successfully in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) since 2012. With over 70 percent of its alumni remaining and working within the Central Valley, CSU Bakersfield supports ongoing social, cultural and economic development in the region.
Reporting to the Chancellor of the California State University system, the next president of CSU Bakersfield will partner with the university’s faculty, students and staff and community leaders to shape a vision and plan for the future of CSU Bakersfield that supports student success, inspires scholarly excellence and acknowledges and addresses the interconnectedness of the university and the greater Kern County community. The president will nurture a highly student-centered environment and champion, cultivate and support a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus community. The next president will also be a compelling advocate for the university across the CSU system and a highly visible and engaged leader within the community. The president will be an effective and active fundraiser and lead in the creation of a strong, stable financial plan that will increase and diversify revenue.
The president will be an accomplished leader and administrator with experience required to lead an organization of CSU Bakersfield’s size and complexity. The president will demonstrate a deep commitment to students—particularly those who are first-generation college students from low income and diverse backgrounds—and genuine commitment to their success. Likewise, the president will have a track record of championing and nurturing diverse, equitable and inclusive communities for students, faculty and staff and have the courage and conviction to take a stand on issues of importance to the campus. The president will be dedicated to the value and practice of shared governance and committed to the full range of academic programs represented at CSU Bakersfield, from science to the arts and humanities. The president must be a consummate relationship builder and community-minded individual who has a strong desire to become highly visible and active within the greater Kern County community. A strong capacity for fundraising as well as management of large, complex budgets is critical. A record of scholarship and a doctoral degree is preferred. Additional information about the position, including a Leadership Profile, can be found at www.wittkieffer.com.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 18, 2018. Candidates should provide a CV, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should be sent via email to the search consultants, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Suzanne Teer and Sophie Stava of Witt/Kieffer, at CSUBakersfieldPresident@wittkieffer.com. Questions may also be directed to the consultants through the office of Eden Stroud at 630-575-6154.
Documents that must be mailed may be sent to:
c/o Eden Stroud
2015 Spring Road, Suite 510
Oak Brook, IL 60523
The CSU Bakersfield values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.