Recognizing the positive influence and lasting contributions that California State University faculty leaders provide, donor support for faculty excellence ensures the continuing success of innovative research, scholarship and academic achievement across the CSU.Generous contributions from donors—many of them faculty and former students—provide endowments to promote experiential learning and expand student opportunity. Their passionate support guarantees CSU faculty leaders will continue to deliver inclusive instruction, guidance and inspiration.
California State University, Long Beach emeritus professor Luster E. Hauth and his wife Audrey Nichol recently donated $1 million to endow a chair at the center that bears their name, marking the third time the Hauths have given $1 million to the university. Their initial gift in 1998 established the Luster E. and Audrey Nichol Hauth Center for Communication Skills, and their second donation enabled the center to expand and offer additional services to help students, faculty and community residents and organizations enhance their personal communication skills via speaking, leadership and conversational techniques.
A $3 million pledge from the USS Midway Foundation will endow a modern U.S. military history chair at San Diego State University. The USS Midway Chair in Military History will advance research, teaching and public engagement on historical events from the 1940s to the present and help shape a new interdisciplinary program at SDSU’s Center for Military History. The greater San Diego area is home to one of the largest active duty military and veteran communities in the world.
A $25 million gift from San Francisco State University alumnus Chris Larsen, his wife, Lyna Lam, and the Rippleworks foundation will support students learning about—and becoming changemakers of—local and global entrepreneurial and fintech ecosystems. Believed to be the largest gift to a university to date in cryptocurrency, the donation will support the Lam-Larsen Fund for Global Innovation and two endowed chairs: one in financial technology and the other in entrepreneurship.
Students in the San Francisco State University College of Liberal & Creative Arts will benefit from a $25 million gift from alumni and key benefactors George and Judy Marcus supporting student and faculty research. The George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts will endow two new faculty chairs in the college’s Creative Writing Department and two in the School of Cinema. The funds will also support renewed facilities and scholarship in the college through the George and Judy Marcus Awards for Faculty and Student Research.