Philip E. HixonPhilip E. Hixon

California State University, San Bernardino

Philip Hixon and his wife, Helene are two extraordinary individuals whose collective work has made remarkable impacts on the community as philanthropists, volunteers and benefactors.

Phil Hixon founded The Rolor Corp., a designer and producer of specialized photographic equipment. Later in his career, he served as chairman/CEO of Cambridge Information Group (CIG) and its subsidiaries, which publish a variety of scientific, medical and technical journals as well as aviation and military standards and specifications. After retiring from CIG, Phil served as a board member for Phillips Publishing International, Inc.

Both Phil and his wife are avidly interested in flying; Mr. Hixon is Chairman-Emeritus of the Palm Springs Air Museum. The Hixons, who are also founders of the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts, have contributed to a number of foundations and charities including: Friends of the National Library of Medicine, Eisenhower Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, the Washington, D.C. Foundation for Group Homes, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. Hospital Center, CSUSB, The Claremont Institute and The National Headache Foundation.

In 2000, Phil and Lee established the Hixon Unitrust at the Palm Desert Campus. In 2008, the couple made a major gift to create the Hixon Endowed Fellowships in Investigative Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Their contribution supported the training of gifted physician-scientists in clinical investigation and the translation of medical discoveries to new patient treatments.

Philip's achievements demonstrate many of the core values of our community and he will represent the California State University system, CSU San Bernardino and its Palm Desert Campus with distinction.

In recognition of Philip's many accomplishments and extensive contributions to the university and the community, the Board of Trustees of the California State University and California State University, San Bernardino are proud to confer upon Philip E. Hixon the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.