The search is on to replace Cal State Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell, who announced he will retire at the end of the academic year.

A committee of trustees convened to select Mitchell’s replacement — California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White among them — will host an open forum Monday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at CSUB's Dore Theatre.

Trustees will review the role of the committee, hear comments and input from community members and explain the search process. They’ll also go over what they’re looking for in a future president.

An 11-member advisory committee to the trustee selection group composed of faculty, students and alumni has already been formed.

The forum Monday marks one of the first public steps taken as CSU officials search for a replacement to Mitchell, 72, who has served CSUB for 13 years – a tenure twice as long as the average among CSU presidents.

During his time, Mitchell has led the university to its highest graduation and enrollment rates of all time, spearheaded a transition to a NCAA Title I athletics program and moved the university from a quarter-based system to a semester-based academic calendar.

Harold Pierce covers education and health for The Californian. He can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter @RoldyPierce

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