Mike Neal Alumnus of the Year

February 20, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
Mike Neal Alumnus of the Year Photos

Almost everyday he can often be spotted wearing the CSUB colors. Some of his close friends claim that he has the largest collection of blue and gold ties this side of Michigan. Although his doctor won't say publicly, there are rumors that he actually bleeds blue and gold.

There's no doubt that Mike Neal is passionate about CSUB and the opportunities it provides the students and residents of the Central Valley. For his enthusiasm and dedication to advancing the university's mission, Neal has been named the 2007-08 CSUB alumnus of the year.

"We had a very strong pool of candidates who have all made significant contributions to the university, their professions and their communities," said Mike Russo, president-elect of the Alumni Association board and chairman of the selection committee. "We selected Mike for his long-standing commitment to CSUB and service to the campus community. He is a standard-bearer for all CSUB alumni and we're proud to honor him."

Neal graduated from CSUB in 1973 with a bachelor's of science in business administration accounting. Nine years later he earned a master's of business administration. Since 1996, Neal has served as CSUB's vice president for business and administrative services.

"Mike's love for CSUB led him back to the campus. He left an executive position in the private sector for one at the university. CSUB really is part of who Mike is personally and professionally," Russo added.

"I'm truly humbled by this recognition, especially since it is presented by fellow alumni," Neal said. "Because I work at the university I see all that alumni are doing to make the campus a better place. There is broad support and it's exciting to see how alumni enhance the university at every level."

Neal has served two terms as the president of the CSUB Alumni Association, and has twice been recognized by the School of Business as their outstanding alumnus. Beyond CSUB, he is an active member of Rotary West. He and his wife are also involved with fundraising for the American Cancer Society.

Neal will be recognized on Saturday, March 8 when the CSUB Alumni Association inducts its second class into the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame at the Seven Oaks Country Club.

Tickets are still available for the awards ceremony where Cesar Aristeiguieta, Mel Atkinson, and Wendy Wayne will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame. Reservations are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. Seating is limited. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. with dinner and the program beginning at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the black-tie event benefit the CSUB Alumni Scholarship Fund.

For more information, please contact CSUB's Alumni Relations office at (661) 654-3211 or alumni@csub.edu or Nancy Chaffin at (661) 395-7299.