Horace Mitchell
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Horace Mitchell was appointed the fourth president of California State University, Bakersfield in 2004. Under Mitchell’s leadership, CSU Bakersfield has entered a period of rapid development: Mitchell has extended the excellence and diversity of faculty and academic programs, enhanced the quality of the student experience, and strengthened the university’s community engagement.

Mitchell is also a psychology professor at CSUB with research interests in the areas of identity construction, multicultural psychology and psychological assessment. He continues to teach each year and maintains a California license for private practice as a psychologist.

Mitchell is a member of the board of directors of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium and the American Council on Education, as well as a commissioner and past vice chair of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. He has also been recognized widely for his many years of community service by civic, nonprofit, governmental, educational and professional organizations. Mitchell’s honors include the “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from Washington University as well as the "President's Award" from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region VI.

Academic Experience

President, California State University, Bakersfield, 2004 to date.

Vice Chancellor, Business and Administrative Services, University of California, Berkeley, 1995-2004.

Affiliated Professor, African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1996-2004.

Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs and Campus Life, University of California, Irvine, 1984-95.

Associate Dean for Student and Curricular Affairs, College of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, 1980-84.

Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs, University of California, Irvine, 1978-80.

Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of California, Irvine, 1983-95.

Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine, 1980-83.

Lecturer in Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine, 1979-80.

Lecturer in Education, University of California, Irvine, 1978-79.

Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Washington University, 1968-73.

Chair, Black Studies Program, Washington University, 1976-78.

Assistant Professor, Education and Black Studies, Washington University, 1973-78.


Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Washington University
M.A.Ed., Counseling, Washington University
A.B., Psychology, Washington University