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Tuesday, Feb 11 2014 12:48 PM

'First Look': CSUB president talks new enrollment, construction and more

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    CSUB President Horace Mitchell talks about the latest projects happening at the university with Californian President and CEO Richard Beene on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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It's been 10 years since Horace Mitchell took the job as president of Cal State Bakersfield and retirement plans are not on the horizon.

"I made a commitment to make sure I was able to help the university and the goal is to keep it moving forward," Mitchell said Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

For the past seven years, Mitchell said the university has undergone nothing but budget reductions, so plans of expansion have had to be limited with reduced resources.

But this year, CSUB finally got some good news -- the budget increased 4 percent.

Even through the seven year funding-freeze, Mitchell said the university worked hard to increase enrollment.

"We haven't denied admission to any eligible local student," he said. "We have room for them."

And the university is working to finish construction of the new four-story residential building that will house about 500 students. It is slated to open in January 2015.

Richard Beene, president and CEO of The Californian, congratulated Mitchell on his recent election into the NCAA-Division I Executive Committee Board.

As a member of the committee, Mitchell will take part in the recent athletic issue that arose from Northwestern University, where players floated the idea that they needed a players union.

"I think it's a really bad idea," Mitchell said. "Student athletes are not employees, they are students and their primary intent, we would hope, is to get an education."

Mitchell talked briefly about the recent effort the university had proposed to change the name of the Westside Parkway to the "CSU Bakersfield Alumna Wendy Wayne Parkway."

"We weren't trying to promote the university," he said. "We thought it was reasonable but we can see why people interjected."


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