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CSUB reaches new milestone
  May 25, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

California State University, Bakersfield's campaign for NCAA Division I membership and a baseball program has passed the $3 million mark thanks to a $100,000 gift from Tejon Ranch Co., and a $120,000 gift from TRC Operating Co.

"The significance of these gifts is that they put us over the $3 million mark for our campaign," said Mike Chertok, vice president of University Advancement at CSUB. "We've made great progress and we have a ways to go; but we are confident that we will reach our campaign objective. We are grateful to Tejon Ranch and TRC for helping us reach this milestone in our campaign."

Tejon Ranch and TRC join an impressive list of corporate donors including Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, Crisp & Cole and Associates, SC Anderson, Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb and Kimball LLP, and two anonymous donors who have contributed gifts at the $100,000-plus level.

"Receiving the gift from Tejon Ranch is important to us because they are such a valued community partner," said Laura Wolfe, assistant vice president for development. "We've enjoyed a long partnership with them, and they have been a major contributor to our business development center."

Tejon Ranch's mission is to preserve California's legacy and provide for the future. "We know the future of our local community will be greatly influenced by what happens at the university, and that's why we're pleased to help CSUB realize its vision for the future," said Bob Stine, president and CEO of Tejon Ranch. "Tejon Ranch is committed to providing for California's future, and there are few better ways to do that than by investing in higher education."

George Culver, who has been working to raise funds for CSUB's planned baseball program, said he was delighted that TRC "has stepped up to the plate and joined our team. Their gift brings us closer to our goal of having a Division I baseball team at CSUB."

In May 2005, CSUB President Horace Mitchell announced that the university would initiate the process of moving the highly regarded CSUB athletics program from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I. "The move to Division I is an important aspect of the continuing development of the university and the Greater Bakersfield community," Mitchell said.

"CSUB faculty and staff have worked diligently to move us forward. Our students and community members have been significant contributors as well. It is without question that our academic programs are our highest priority," Mitchell said.

The university's goal is to raise $6 million to help fund the added costs of Division I affiliation. For those interested in contributing to the Division I campaign, please call (661) 654-2136.