About the Candidates for Bakersfield College President 2012

Dr. Sonya Christian
Dr. Christian is the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, a role she has held for two years. In nearly 10 years at Lane, Dr. Christian has also served as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Associate Vice President for Instruction. Formerly, she spent 12 years at Bakersfield College, first as Mathematics Faculty, then in the role of Division Chair of Mathematics and Computer Studies and Dean over Science, Engineering, Allied Health and Mathematics. Dr. Christian has Adjunct/Lecturer experience in mathematics at American River College and El Camino Citrus College in Sacramento and Glendora, California, respectively. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Kerala in Kerala, India; a master of science in applied mathematics from University of Southern California; and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Pedro L. Martinez
In the past three years, Dr. Martinez has served as a Tenured Professor in the School of Education and Human Performance, Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling and Professional Studies at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Martinez has served in various administrative roles at that institution since 2007 including Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (2006-08) and Interim Chancellor (July-August 2007). From 1997-February 2006, Dr. Martinez held the role of Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. From 1991 to 1997, he held the positions of Director of Affirmative Action and Cultural Diversity, Ombudsperson, and International Student Advisor at Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Martinez taught GED, ESL to Spanish speakers and supervised field sites in institutions of Chicago City Colleges and El Centro, an extension center for Northeastern Illinois University from 1984-1991. He was Adjunct Faculty at Governor State University, College Park, Illinois from 1979-1987, a full-time faculty member at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois from 1975-1979 and taught in Chicago-area public high schools from 1973-1975. Dr. Martinez earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a master in education from University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut and a Ph.D. in social foundations from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. George Railey, Jr.
Dr. Railey is the Vice President of Academic Services at Chabot College in Hayward, California, a position he has held for three years. Previously, he served for four years as Dean of Instructional Services at Modesto Junior College, part of the Yosemite Community College District in Modesto, California. Dr. Railey was Interim Vice Chancellor of Educational Services in the Yosemite District 2004-2005. From 2001-2005, Dr. Railey was Dean of Instructional Services, Arts and Sciences Division at Columbia College in Sonora, California. From 2000-2001 he was Dean of Humanities and Social Science Division at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California. From 1996-2001, he served as Division Chair of Humanities and Fine Arts at Somerset Community and Technical College in Somerset, Kentucky, where he was an Instructor of Music from 1988-2000. Prior to work in community colleges, Dr. Railey held the role of Instrumental Music Director at Pulaski County Schools in Somerset, Kentucky. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky and an Ed.D. from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Dr. Kevin Trutna
Dr. Trutna is the Vice President for Academic and Student Services at Yuba College, in Yuba, California. In his 10 years at Yuba College, he has served as Acting President; Dean of Mathematics, Engineering, Science and Health Occupations; and Interim Executive Dean for Clear Lake Campus. Dr. Trutna spent five years at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona in the roles of Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, Planning and Grants; Honors Program Director; and Professor of Mathematics. Dr. Trutna holds a bachelor of science in mathematics from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, and both a master of science in mathematics and Ed.D. in adult and higher education from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.


Candidates for Bakersfield College’s President position will participate in open forums where they will greet the campus and community. These forums are part of the overall screening process for a potential president. The forums will be held in Forum East at Bakersfield College on September 26 and 27. Forums are open to all Bakersfield College students, faculty, staff, and the community at large. The open forums will begin with introductions of the candidate, after which the candidate will be asked a standard set of questions. The audience will have the opportunity to ask additional questions.

The top four candidates have been identified through a nationwide search process. Candidates will have interviews with Kern Community College District Chancellor Sandra Serrano before their open forum, and interviews with the Kern Community College District Board of Trustees on Friday, September 28, 2012.

The schedule of forums is:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
1-2:15 p.m. – Dr. George Railey
2:30-3:45 p.m. – Dr. Kevin Trutna

Thursday, September 27, 2012
1-2:15 p.m. – Dr. Pedro Martinez
2:30-3:45 p.m. – Dr. Sonya Christian

Information from email sent by Amber Chiang on September 20, 2012 at 2:40 PM to all of the college.