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John Brock Community Service Award

The 2017 John Brock Scholarship Recipient's are:

  • Elizabeth Hamlin
  • Lexis Hanssen
  • Yuchao Hu
  • Songping Yan

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2017 John Brock Scholarship Recipient Bio's

The John Brock Committee and CSU Bakersfield’s School of Business and Public Administration (BPA) proudly announce Keith BriceKeith Brice as this year’s recipient of the prestigious John Brock Community Service Award.  Brice will be honored during a recognition dinner on Thursday evening September 7, 2017 at Seven Oaks Country Club. The event is sold-out.


Keith Brice is the President/CEO of Mid State Development Corporation.  Headquartered in Bakersfield Mid State is a SBA authorized Certified Development company serving Kern County.  Mid State partners with commercial lenders to finance owner-occupied Commercial/Industrial real estate and equipment.  The company was established in 1980 to assist in creating economic growth through projects that help businesses become more competitive in the market place. Since inception, Mid State Development has funded over $450 million in loans.  These projects have created or retained over 12,000 jobs in Kern County.


Keith came to Mid State with over 20 years of Commercial Banking experience, having held Vice President Positions at Community First Bank, California Republic Bank, and Sanwa Bank (now Bank of the West).  An active member in the community for over 34 years, Keith has served on various boards and committees.  Keith was past Chairman of the board for the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Kern County, and the Kern Community Foundation.  He is past President of Kiwanis clubs of South and Southeast Bakersfield and a past board member of Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation, Kern Economic Development Corporation, Kern County Special Olympics, Junior Achievement of Bakersfield, and Mid State Development Corporation.


Keith currently serves as Chair of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee. He is also a member of CSUB Executive Advisory Council and Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society for the School of Business and Public Administration. He has received numerous awards including SBA Central California Financial Service Advocate of the year and Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the year.


In being notified of the award, Brice said, “It is an honor to be named this year’s John Brock Award recipient.  I care deeply about this community, which is why the ability to contribute is important to me.  Being included with the past recipients of the John Brock award is truly a humbling experience.  These are individuals that I’ve known and admired for years.  I am deeply touched to receive such a prestigious award.”


The award recipient is selected by the John Brock Committee comprised of members of the Executive Advisory Council of CSUB’s School of Business and Public Administration. The group includes approximately 25 local business and community leaders who provide advice and support to the school.  


” I am very pleased that Keith Brice has been chosen for the prestigious John Brock Community Service Award. He is truly an outstanding leader whose contribution to Kern County is well-known and recognized by the community. As President and CEO of Mid State Development Corporation, he has not only supported the businesses and creating jobs in Kern County but actively served on the advisory boards of several non-profit organizations as a chair and member which clearly endures his passion and dedication to serve the community. He is a strong proponent of innovation, entrepreneurship, diversity and developing the next generation of leaders for the Kern County and beyond, stated Dr. Angappa “Guna” Gunasekaran, Dean, School of the Business and Public Administration.


“Keith Brice is well-deserving of the honor of receiving the 2017 John Brock Award,” said Dr. Horace Mitchell, President of CSUB. “His impact as a business leader in creating economic growth in our region has been considerable.  In addition, his community service through chairing or serving on many non-profit boards has enhanced the quality of life in our community.”


Proceeds from the recognition dinner help fund the CSUB John Brock Endowment, which provides scholarships and program support for students in CSUB’s School of Business and Public Administration.  Scholarships will be presented at the event to this year’s four recipients. For more information about the Scholarship recipients please visit:

Presenting Sponsors this year include: Bank of the Sierra, Chevron, Mission Bank, and Valley Republic Bank

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