Horace Mitchell, Ph. D.
California State University, Bakersfield
Dr. Horace Mitchell became the fourth President of California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) in July 2004 after thirty-six years of experience in higher education. Under Dr. Mitchell’s leadership, the University is in a period of rapid development, with a vision to extend the excellence and diversity of the faculty and academic programs, enhance the quality of the student experience and strengthen community engagement.
Dr. Mitchell came to his current position from the University of California, Berkeley where he served as Vice Chancellor, Business and Administrative Services (1995-2004) and affiliated professor, African American Studies (1996-2004). 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.
Dr. Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master of arts in education, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, all from Washington University in St. Louis. He began his professional career at his alma mater in 1968, serving as assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1968-1973), assistant professor of Education and Black Studies (1973-78), and Chair of the Black Studies Program (1976-78).
Dr. Mitchell then spent seventeen years (1978-1995) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), serving in several faculty and management positions. He was Associate Dean for Student and Curricular Affairs in the UCI College of Medicine from 1980-1984. During his last eleven years at UCI (1984-1995), he was Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs and Campus Life, and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.
Dr. Mitchell, also a Professor of Psychology at CSUB, has teaching and research interests in the areas of identity construction, multicultural psychology, and psychological assessment. He continues to teach each year, and he maintains his California license for private practice as a psychologist.
Dr. Mitchell is a member of the NCAA Division I board of directors and serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Kern County and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). He has served on the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), and he is a past commissioner and vice chair of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). He has been recognized widely for his many years of community service by civic, non-profit, governmental, educational and professional organizations. In May of 2006, Dr. Mitchell was named the recipient of the 2005-2006 “Robert C. Maxson President of the Year Award” given by the California State Student Association which represents over 400,000 CSU students. He received the “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2008. In November 2010 he received the "President's Award" from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region VI.
Dr. Mitchell and “First Lady” Barbara Mitchell have been married for 46 years. Mrs. Mitchell’s education and professional career have been in the areas of nursing, counseling, social work and educational administration. She is an adjunct faculty member in CSUB’s Department of Advanced Educational Studies and Department of Social Work. The Mitchells have three adult children and six grandchildren.