Keynote Speaker Highlight
Dr. Lynnette Zelezny was appointed to serve as the fifth president of California State University, Bakersfield, effective July 1, 2018, and is the first woman to serve in the role.
Dr. Zelezny’s appointment as president was historic because it was a tipping point. With her appointment, the California State University system, the largest public higher education system in the nation, has a majority of women presidents.
President Zelezny has devoted her entire professional life – first in her 30-year career at Fresno State and now at CSU Bakersfield -- working to raise the educational level of students throughout California’s Central Valley and developing graduates who turn into leaders, decision makers and contributors to communities in the region.
President Zelezny came to CSU Bakersfield after serving for three decades at Fresno State. She served as the provost and vice president of academic affairs for Fresno State – the University’s chief academic officer – from 2014 until her appointment as President of CSU Bakersfield.
Dr. Zelezny has served as a visiting professor at the University of Stockholm in Sweden, an American Council of Education Fellow at Towson University in Maryland, and as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany.
She was a nominee for the U.S. Professor of the Year awarded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. An applied social psychologist, Dr. Zelezny has published research related to the environment, health, leadership and student success for underrepresented students.
A product of the CSU, Zelezny earned bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from Humboldt State University, a Ph.D. in applied social psychology from Claremont Graduate University and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Craig School of Business at Fresno State. She has also earned professional certificates in management from Harvard University and in executive leadership from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jerry Tardivo Alcoser currently serves as General Manager of Operations in SJVBU a role she took in June 2018. She was previously the Business Planning and Development Manager for Chevron’s Deepwater Exploration and Projects Strategic Business Unit. She assumed this position in 2014 and is responsible for the development of the deepwater business and strategic plans, optimizing deepwater Gulf of Mexico capital investments, and corporate reporting.
Jerry began her career with Chevron in 2002 after graduating with a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College in Ohio. Jerry has held a variety of leadership positions throughout her career, including Drilling and Completions Engineering Manager for the Mid-Continent U.S. Business Unit; Advisor to the Vice President of Drilling and Completions, Performance Engineer and Drilling Engineer in Angola, West Africa; and Drilling Engineer and Rig site Manager in the Gulf of Mexico Shelf.
Jerry is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. She received the 2016 Outstanding Young Alumni award from Marietta College and currently serves on the colleges’ Leadership Advisory Board.
Jerry is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Bakersfield with her husband and 2 daughters. She enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, gardening, yoga and spending time with her family. Her passion is to inspire others to achieve things they never thought was possible.
She holds a Bachelors of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College in Ohio and is a graduate of the JMW Leader of the Future Program.
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