Cal State Northridge has received an additional $6 million in donations toward its $25 million fundraising campaign for its business school.
The gifts bring the total raised so far to $16 million The campaign was kicked off in March by a $10 million gift from L.A. investor David Nazarian. The school is now known as the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.
Among the newest benefactors, all CSUN alumni, are Charles Noski, retired chief financial officer for Bank of America and AT&T; Paul Jennings, chief executive and founding partner of Public Communications Services; Ken Floyd, retired chief executive of Artissimo Holdings; and Richard Schweitzer, chief financial officer for Aristotle Capital Management.
“We are rising at a faster pace than ever before, and central to that is the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics,” said CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison, in a statement. “The college’s plans for the future have the potential to raise business education to a new level.”
Nazarian, the founder and chief executive of Nimes Capital, graduated from CSUN with a bachelor’s in business administration in 1982. He said it is important to strengthen public universities.
“If there is one factor that I would say is a leading contributor to the health and progress of society, it would be the strength of the middle class,” Nazarian said in a statement.
The business school serves more than 6,000 undergraduates with a full range of business programs. The Nazarian College also offers a master of business administration program and specialized master of science programs in accountancy and taxation.