Rudy and Anne Carvajal
Athletic Director at Cal State Bakersfield since 1971, Rudy built a small university program into one of the best Division II programs in the nation, winning an unprecedented 30 national championships in seven different sports and the national Sears Director’s Cup for the overall excellence of its athletic program. Thanks to his strong student-athlete model and solid tutoring and advising support, university athletes graduate at rates only rivaling but also surpassing those of campus students in general. In turn, his student-athletes are strongly engaged in community service, “giving back to Bakersfield,” in his phrase, as ambassadors for education. His wife Anne has been with him throughout this 34-year journey.
The Rudy and Anne Carvajal Endowment for Athletics was established on the occasion of Rudy being awarded the prestigious California State University Wang Family Excellence Award in spring 2005.