Campus: CSU Bakersfield -- May 31, 2002
Local School District Administrator recognized at the
CSUB School of Education's Commencement Ceremonies for Completion of
Doctoral Degree Program
Vivian Gayles - now addressed as "Dr. Gayles" by the students
of Emerson Middle School in Bakersfield - is a member of California
State University, Bakersfield's first doctoral graduating class. She
and eight other students, who are all local school district administrators,
will be recognized at the CSUB School of Education's commencement ceremonies
for completion of the CSUB/University of the Pacific collaborative education
administration doctoral degree program. The ceremony will be held Friday,
June 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Icardo Center on the CSUB campus.
Gayles, who began as a school clerk for the Bakersfield School District
in 1984, has worked her way through school and the school district.
She's already the principal of Emerson Middle School but now that she
completed the final phase of her education, believes she's a living
example and inspiration to her students.
"It really hasn't hit me yet but I'm getting so much recognition
from my students, it's already showing how much it was worth it to get
my doctorate," Gayles said. "Most of my students are minorities
and I want them to see that it is possible to reach their highest dream
if they stay focused and keep on the path they're starting."
Gayles added that she wouldn't have been able to complete her doctorate
without the CSUB/UOP collaborative program.
"I feel as though I got the best that there is offered in this
city by taking the UOP program. I wanted a program that was from a highly
accredited school so I researched it and the Cal State/UOP program met
all of my criteria. Other programs require a lot of traveling. As a
principal, I wouldn't have been able to work and the complete the program,"
The CSUB/UOP collaborate doctoral program began in 1999 under the direction
of Louis Wildman, chairman of CSUB's Department of Advanced Educational
Studies. It was designed for educational professionals who wanted to
work and complete a legitimate doctoral program.
Students were able to complete classes on the weekends in Bakersfield
and receive their degree from UOP, which has been granting doctorates
in educational administration since 1950. Both schools are accredited
by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and
offer credential programs accredited by the California Commission on
UOP is the official degree granting institution and the students were
recognized and received their degrees at the UOP commencement exercises
in May. At that ceremony, UOP dean John Nagle described the cooperative
arrangement as an "ideal partnership, combining the resources of
a fine state public university with the nationally recognized private
The students will also be recognized at CSUB. The other eight graduates
are Lawrence Michael Friese, Bea Gibbons, Clare Denise Gist, Janie Herndon,
Shelly Danette Long, Randy Schultz, Barbara Shahid and Jim Wallick.
Each of them currently work as school administrators in various districts
from Porterville to Lancaster.
Wildman said another important component of the collaborative program
is to provide the region with research that will assist local schools.
In their dissertation research, the students examined regional issues
and searched for answers to problems they see in local schoolyards.
"We believe that much of the research findings will be helpful
to local educators," Wildman said. "This is one of the benefits
a doctoral program can provide to a community. We're able to investigate
the impacts of local mandates while not under the same pressure as school
administrators. As a regional university, that's one of the things we
hope to provide."
To further that mission, the doctoral graduates will present their findings
at a doctoral workshop, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the recently opened
Rayburn S. Dezember Leadership Development Center in the new CSUB School
of Business and Public Administration complex, 9001 Stockdale Highway,
Bakersfield. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $50 per person
and includes lunch. For reservations or more information, call (661)
For Wildman, seeing CSUB's first graduating class of doctoral students
receive their diplomas is "a dream come true."
"It's very satisfying to have seen these people move from the application
process to receiving their degrees," he said. "This is a real
sacrifice these people have made. Their work and commitment to education,
along with the philosophic perspective they've gained by completing
the doctoral program is a great benefit to themselves, their students
and their communities."
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