SG Advisors/Administrators

Bakersfield College/Bakersfield (BC) - Sonya Christian, Ph.D.

Full Name:Sonya Christian, Ph.D.
First Name:Sonya
Last Name:Christian
Actual Title:President
Department or Organization:Office of the President
Job Description:In 2013, Dr. Sonya Christian became the 10th President of Bakersfield College. Under her leadership, the College has focused on improving student achievement and learning by engaging faculty and the community.


By making data and information available, Christian has cultivated campus-wide ownership of advancing the college's mission. Christian was a math faculty prior to moving into the administrative ranks of dean, vice president, and now president.

Extended Biography
An advocate for continued education across social and economic boundaries, Dr. Sonya Christian has worked tirelessly to uphold and further that mission during her tenure as Bakersfield College President.

Christian began her three-decade career in education at BC in 1991, first as a math faculty member and later as division chair, then Dean of Science, Engineering, Allied Health and Mathematics. In 2003, Christian joined Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon as associate vice president for instruction, then vice president of academic and student affairs and chief academic officer. Christian returned home in 2013 after being selected as the 10th President in Bakersfield College's prestigious history.

Under her leadership, Christian has maintained the institution's 100-plus year history of quality instruction while shepherding BC through an exciting phase of expanded opportunities for current and future students. Accomplishments during her time in office include BC being awarded permission by the state to begin offering a Baccalaureate degree in Applied Science in Industrial Automation, one of only 15 California community colleges selected to feature a four-year degree program; and earning a 2015 Exemplary Program Award from the Board of Governors for California Community College's for BC's ground-breaking "Making It Happen" mentoring program.

In 2015, Bakersfield College was recognized by the non-profit Brookings Institute as the best community college in California and among the top 10 in the U.S. for value-added mid-career earnings for its alumni.

Christian earned her bachelor of science degree from University of Kerala in Kerala, India; a master of science in applied mathematics from University of Southern California; and her doctorate from University of California, Los Angeles.

Major:Science, Applied Mathematics
Colleges Attended:University of Kerala, University of Southern California, University of California
Highest Degree Attained:Doctorate
Race:Hispanic, Eastern Indian
Length of service to current SG:5+ years
Actual Length of Service to Current SG:7 years
Experience as an SG advisor:6-10 years
Work load with SG:Part-time
Weekly hours worked for SG:0-5
How paid:Administration
Compensation Range:$75K+
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