Bakersfield College gets new president

Filger comes to Bakersfield College in what he calls “an exciting time in its journey.”

Jerry Filger is taking over as Bakersfield College’s eleventh president. 

The Kern Community College District announced Tuesday that Filger will come to the Central Valley from Texas. 


Driving the news: Filger has spent the last four years as the vice president for instruction at College of the Mainland in Texas City, Texas. 

  • While there, Filger was instrumental in attaining an institutional level change to a bachelor’s-granting institution. 
  • Filger also initiated several new programs involving academic transfer and workforce development. 
  • He also created an Academic Master Plan focused on access for students. 
  • Before he worked at College of the Mainland, Filger spent nearly two years as dean of arts and sciences at Alvin Community College in Alvin, Texas, and spent the previous seven years at Florida State College at Jacksonville. 

What they’re saying: “Dr. Fliger’s extensive experience in instruction, academic affairs and workforce development is the exact leadership we need to advance student success and ensure we are developing the future workforce of Kern County as innovation and new opportunities are brought to the area,” said KCCD Board President John Corkins in a statement. 

  • Filger said, “Bakersfield College is at an exciting time in its journey, and I am looking forward to becoming part of this wonderful institution and joining the Bakersfield Community.” 
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