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Aaron Hegde, Ph.D.

Faculty Leadership and Service Award, 2018-19
Bakersfield
Department of Economics

Leadership “begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.”  - Robert Greenleaf

​Years before food insecurity became a system-wide priority, Dr. Hegde paid attention to anecdotal evidence that CSUB students were going hungry.

In 2013, he and a graduate student conducted a survey that revealed 40% of the respondents, including students, faculty and staff, had experienced food insecurity.  As a result, the CSUB Food and Housing Security Committee was formed and later monthly food distributions began through the CSUB Food Pantry.

Dr. Hegde has championed environmental sustainability and has developed curriculum for two new programs – a BS in Agricultural Business and a concentration in Occupational Safety within the Environmental Resource Management program. Dr. Hegde helped raise $800,000 to endow safety concentration. He started the Ag Career Fair where average attendance has been more than 250 students. He served on more than 40 campus committees including the Academic Senate and as chair of the Budget and Planning Committee.