Bakersfield College Welcomes New President, Dr. Jerry E. Fliger

Dr. Jerry Fliger wearing a tie

Monday, March 11, 2024

Bakersfield College is proud to welcome Dr. Jerry E. Fliger as its new President. Dr. Fliger’s appointment by KCCD comes after a comprehensive nationwide search, spearheaded by a committee of faculty, students, and alumni, aimed at finding a visionary leader capable of navigating the complex challenges facing higher education today.

Previously, Dr. Fliger held the position of Vice President for Instruction at College of the Mainland in Texas City, Texas. During his tenure, he achieved a significant milestone by transitioning the college to a bachelor's degree-granting institution. He also led the launch of various new programs in both academic transfer and workforce development and established an Academic Master Plan aimed at enhancing student access. Furthermore, Dr. Fliger has a comprehensive background that encompasses vital roles in instructional leadership, the development of academic infrastructure, and fostering relationships with industry partners, including the creation of specialized workforce training programs for the aerospace sector.

Dr. Fliger holds a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Purdue University, a Master’s Degree in Speech Communication from Miami University, and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Bowling Green State University.  He began his new role at Bakersfield College on March 11, 2024.