Dr. Fred L. Haynes is well known for his personal commitment to children and their education. His dedication is reflected in his tireless quest for excellence and the hours of time spent serving on community organizations and committees constantly striving to provide the best for all students. Haynes currently serves as the President of the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) Board of Education of which he has been a member since 2013. He is originally from Clarksville, a small community located in Southeastern Oklahoma. Dr. Haynes is a graduate of Langston University, where he met the love of his life, Mary Alice Williams.
In 1964, Dr. Haynes, his wife, and seven children made the move to California, where he became a teacher for BCSD at Colonel Baker School in Bakersfield. Two years later, Haynes took on an administrative role of Assistant to the Principal at the same school. In 1968, he moved to the district office where he worked as a Resource Teacher, and soon became the first African American districtwide administrator at BCSD where he created and supervised the Parent Involvement and Community Relations Division. In 1969, Dr. Haynes continued to bring credit and distinction to himself as he became the first African American Counselor at Bakersfield College. The following year, he was appointed to Principal at Potomac School, which was renamed Bessie E. Owens Elementary School under his leadership with support from parents, staff, and the community. This was the beginning of his 26-year tenure as a school site principal for BCSD, which included leadership at Emerson, Roosevelt, Owens for a second time, and McKinley schools. At each school Dr. Haynes served, parent involvement and student achievement was a hallmark.
After his retirement from BCSD in 1996, Dr. Haynes accepted an assignment as adjunct instructor at California State University Bakersfield. He also co-founded the Dr. Fred Luther Haynes Award, which recognizes one male student from each school for exhibiting leadership skills, academic success, and good citizenship. Some of his past and current involvement in community organizations include the NAACP, Boy Scouts of America, and the Association of California School Administrators. His work has been recognized through numerous awards including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Association Community Service Award, the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Service and Dedication Award, and a Kern County Board of Supervisors’ certificate for Exemplary Public Service.