BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian has been selected to be the next chancellor for the Kern Community College District. 

The district’s board of trustees announced the decision during an event at the Weill Institute this afternoon in downtown Bakersfield. Christian will take over the position from Thomas Burke, who is retiring from the district later this year. 

“I thank the seven-member board for their confidence in me. I am truly humbled and deeply honored,” she said. 

Dr. Christian first started as a mathematics faculty member at Bakersfield College in 1991 and served as a faculty member, department chair and dean until December 2002, when she moved to Oregon.
She came back to serve as the president of Bakersfield College in January 2013.

“The Kern Community College District board is happy to have such a qualified candidate that understands the communities that it serves, will advance our mission of student success and equity and harness new opportunities as we transition out of the year of the pandemic,” said Trustee Romeo Agbalog. “We have full confidence that Dr. Christian is exactly the person to lead us in such a time as this.”

KCCD consists of Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso Community College and Porterville College.