Dean stepping down from position
Continuing a trend of administrative departures at Bakersfield College, dean of instruction Stephen Eaton has tendered his resignation.
He will be leaving April 27 to become the vice president of academic affairs at Barstow Community College.
“I have always felt that one of my strengths is facilitating other people’s success: both students and faculty,” said Eaton about his new position as vice president.
Eaton is looking forward to the transition ahead.
“I like to help colleges. I really like the idea of being that one person for the president that can make that [positive change] happen,” he said.
Aside from being able to help both students and staff, Eaton cited increased responsibility as one of the reasons he decided to leave his current position.
“They want me to start as soon as possible,” he said as to why he won’t be completing the spring semester at BC.
Eaton was appointed to the position of dean of instruction for behavioral science, communication, performing arts, philosophy, art and social science departments at BC in October of 2010.
He received a bachelor’s degree in speech and theater at Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in Higher Education and Administration from the University of Missouri- Kansas City.
Eaton has previous administration experience at Mid Michigan Community College.