August 28, 2013 - The office of University Advancement at California State University Bakersfield is proud to announce that Thomas V. DeNatale, Jr., managing partner of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP, has been appointed as the new Chair for the CSUB Foundation Board. He will serve a two-year term for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 fiscal years.
DeNatale has been actively involved with CSUB for the past 15 years. He was a member of the executive advisory committee of the CSUB School of Business and Public Administration for eight years, where he served as chairman from 2003 to 2005. Since 2006, he has been a member of the board of directors for the CSUB Foundation, where he served on the audit and finance committees.
DeNatale is also actively involved in the community. He has served as chairman of the board for American Red Cross Kern County Chapter, Youth Connection of Bakersfield, the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Italian Heritage Dante Association. He has also been an active member in local organizations like the Rotary Club of Bakersfield and Greater Bakersfield Vision 2020. In addition, he is active in the legal community having practiced law in Bakersfield continuously since 1981. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the Kern County Bar Association, and the Kern County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission, where he served as a commissioner from 1989 to 2004.
In his role as Chair of the Board, DeNatale will: preside at all meetings of the members of the board of directors; sign any deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts or other instruments which the board of directors has authorized to be executed; and in general he shall perform all duties incident to the office of Chair and such other duties as may be prescribed by the board of directors from time to time.
"This position offers a unique opportunity to provide service to the only four-year university in our community," said DeNatale. "I hope to promote community involvement with the university so that its growth can match the growth of the greater Bakersfield area."
DeNatale will succeed Morgan E. Clayton, who served as Board Chair during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 fiscal years. Clayton brought much of his fundraising and community expertise to the CSUB Foundation Board, strengthening its growth and connection to key organizations and leaders in Kern County. The Board of Directors of the CSUB Foundation and the Offices of the President and University Advancement are grateful for his service.
"Tom DeNatale is a clear leader, deeply committed to this University and our vision of excellence through powerful partnerships and community engagement," said David Melendez, Executive Director of the Foundation and Vice President of University Advancement. "Under Tom's steady hand, the Foundation Board of Directors will continue the great work begun by his worthy predecessors."
The mission of the California State University, Bakersfield Foundation is to support California State University, Bakersfield by:
- Advocating for the University to government and to the community,
- Fundraising for University programs and activities,
- Managing the finances of the Foundation and the University endowment,
- Advising the administrations of California State University and California State University, Bakersfield
For more information:
Director, Public Affairs &
Public Affairs Coordinator
Media ContactColleen Dillaway, Director of Public Affairs & Communications