By Sara Nydam
San Bernardino, CA – On July 19, 2016, the California State University Board of Trustees met in Long Beach and approved the renaming of Cal State University’s College of Business and Public Administration. Now, the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, is named after Stater Bros.’ Executive Chairman.
Brown made a personal pledge to the university last month, now deemed as the largest single cash gift they have yet to receive. The pledge will be used in support of academic enrichment and scholarships in the newly named hall, in hopes of attracting and retaining faculty, providing new programs, facilitating student enrichment and aiding in long lasting research efforts.
“I am very honored and proud to have my name associated with the College of Business and Public Administration at CSUSB. I was raised in San Bernardino, attended Washington and Lytle Creek Elementary Schools, Richardson Junior High, San Bernardino High School, and San Bernardino Valley College. Also, Stater Bros. Markets is headquartered in San Bernardino and is the largest private employer in the Inland Empire of Southern California with nearly 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family,” said Brown. “I consider this personal gift as an investment in the Inland Empire’s future success which will provide many educational opportunities for current and future students at the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration and give them an opportunity to live their dreams. Education Matters.”
“My involvement with CSUSB actually started before the university was even established when I joined other members of the San Bernardino Kiwanis Club to plant trees on barren land in order to make it an attractive location for a Cal State campus,” Brown further stated.
Tomás D. Morales, CSUSB President, spoke to the trustees before their approval vote, and labeled Brown a visionary “whose generosity will positively impact CSUSB and our students for generations to come. CSUSB is extremely fortunate to have Jack Brown as a friend and supporter, someone who for nearly seven decades has championed efforts to elevate and strengthen the communities of the Inland Empire,” Morales said. “The most immediate benefit to our university is the continuing association with Jack Brown. His name is more than recognizable; it conveys success, dedication and integrity, and is highly respected locally, regionally and nationally.”
CSUSB also honored Brown by the 1992 naming of Jack H. Brown Hall; the home of the Department of Computer Sciences, the Department of Mathematics and now, the College of Business and Public Administration. In 2005, he was also honored with an “Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters” from the university.