CSUB Receives Legacy Gift in Memory of Former Basketball Player

Local educator Gloria M. Burr and the late Billy D. Reed Jr. have made a legacy gift to establish three endowments and help the next phase in the Kegley Center for Student Success. Billy D. Reed Jr., an Air Force veteran, played on the Roadrunners men’s basketball team from 1974 to 1976.

The first endowment will provide scholarships for students pursuing a Single Subject, Multiple Subject, or Special Education Teaching Credential. An educator for more than 30 years in Kern County, Ms. Burr would like to impact the next generation of educators in Kern County.

The next endowment will provide a scholar-athlete with the greatest financial need an opportunity to study at CSUB. This endowment is intended to support talented young athletes at CSUB in honor of Billy D. Reed Jr.

Lastly, an endowment will be established to provide annual funds to athletics to help support the continuing needs for capital improvements. In support of the next phase in CSUB Athletics, Ms. Burr would like to establish an endowment to support the greatest capital needs and impact as many scholar-athletes as possible.

“It is an honor to work with Gloria and be a part of this gift that will change lives for generations. She is an amazing philanthropist and above all believes in students getting an education here at CSUB.” – Josiah Castro, Assistant Athletics Director, Development

The legacy gift also will go toward the second phase of the Kegley Center for Student Success. Because of their love for learning and the understanding of the educational support needed by scholar-athletes, this gift is to provide a place for students to study, learn, and grow for the life of the facility.

“It’s legacy gifts like this that will ensure CSUB and CSUB Athletics have a bright future. We are thankful for Ms. Burr and her generosity.” – Josiah Castro, Assistant Athletics Director, Development

Although he grew up in Bakersfield, Billy D. Reed Jr. did not play basketball until moving to San Diego, where he was recruited by 24 schools out of Lincoln High. One of Mr. Reed’s most memorable basketball experiences was playing against Bill Walton in high school. Mr. Reed was an All-Regional All-American in high school and All-Air Force. He was also a founding member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at CSUB. He was a sociology major while at CSUB and, after college, worked for Manpower Temporary Services and the county helping people find meaningful employment in Bakersfield. One of the most memorable projects Billy worked on was with the famous artist Christo. The Umbrella Project was an art project that was along Interstate 5 in California and Route 349 in Japan.

“Everyone loved Billy. He was larger than life, loved helping people, and led by example. For him, this gift was about impacting lives and giving opportunities like he received. He was so grateful for the education he received at CSUB.” – Gloria Burr

Gloria Burr worked her entire career as an educator in Kern County. Listed in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers,” she also has served on the Board of Education for the Greenfield Union School District for 14 years. A mentor and master teacher, Gloria has helped countless Kern County students and teachers reach their educational and career goals.

“I never dreamed our gift would make such a difference in the lives of students here at CSUB. It’s something we wanted to do, and our legacy will live on forever.” Gloria said about making the commitment.

If you would like to learn more about including CSUB and CSUB Athletics in your estate planning and becoming a part of our Legacy Society, contact Josiah Castro at (661) 654-3209.

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