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Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg accepted the award
Patrick O. Shaffer is a native son of Delano, California. He graduated from Bakersfield College before getting a Masters Degree from Fresno State College.
His contributions to Bakersfield College have been numerous especially in the areas of the Delano Center, the Weill Institute of Bakersfield College and the Delano College Center Foundation.
He is one of the founding fathers of the Bakersfield College, Delano Campus. With little doubt, Pat Shaffer was instrumental in the Foundation’s development of the Delano Center since 1972.
Prior to joining the Bakersfield College Delano Center, he was a staff member of Delano High School where he taught social studies and art and directed student activities.
At BC, he served as an on-sight operations staffer in student services, counseling, registration and facilities management. He assisted the founding Dean of the Delano center and subsequently served as Assistant Dean, Interim Dean, and Dean of the center.
At Bakersfield College, he served as the Dean of the Weill Institute in downtown Bakersfield and developed many successful business programs there such as the Small Business Institute.
On the main campus, Shaffer worked diligently to expand the college’s foundation in donor support. His work in that area supported student scholarships and the new Bakersfield College Library.
Most notable about his time at BC is he brought education to students in a number of outlying areas, to include Delano, California.
Ralph Carpenter commented about his efforts in Delano. He said, “He has a good Delano connection; he was born in a railroad boxcar at Sierra Vista Ranch in Delano. He rounded up good people, found empty classrooms in various schools. Then a schedule of classes was announced and immediately 700 students signed up.”
This was the beginning of our Delano operations.
Pat Shaffer was a teacher and administrator for 33 years and has a lifetime of helping others achieve their dreams. Because of his efforts to bring higher education to Delano, Pat Shaffer deserves the recognition as one of Bakersfield College’s 100 centennial stars.