CSUB Board of Trustees have appointed the first female president to succeed Dr. Horace Mitchell as CSUB president. 

Dr. Lynnett Zelezny, was appointed to serve as president, the school announced on Wednesday morning. 

Zelezny currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fresno State University.

“CSUB provides an excellent education for its students, affording them, their families, and indeed the entire Kern community, the opportunity for a vastly better future,” said Zelezny. “I look forward to engaging with the CSUB campus community and university supporters in making that outstanding educational experience even more accessible.”

Zelezny becomes the fifth permanent president of CSUB and the first woman to serve in that role, according to CSUB.

She will takeover in June, after Mitchell retires. 

A product of the CSU, Zelezny earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Humboldt State University, a Ph.D. in applied social psychology from Claremont Graduate University and an MBA with distinction from the Craig School of Business at Fresno State. She has also earned professional certificates in management from Harvard University and in executive leadership from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Her background includes time at Fresno State, University of Stockholm in Sweden, American Council of Education Fellow at Towson University in Maryland, and as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, according to CSUB.