2016 Dean Ed Peckham Award
After receiving his Ph.D. in economics in 1971 from the University of Oregon, Daniel Blake went south for his first teaching job as an economics professor at California State University, Northridge. And he never left.
For the next 38 years, Blake made a long-lasting impact on the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics as an educator. But his legacy goes well beyond that because of what he has done outside of the classroom.
Today, Blake receives the Dean Ed Peckham Award for his tremendous service and enduring loyalty to CSUN.
Beyond the classroom, Blake went above and beyond for students and fellow faculty members. He was the co-director for the Center of Economic Research and Education from 1976 to 1982. In that role, he helped develop educational programs in economics for mostly high school teachers from surrounding-area schools to take into their classrooms.
He organized CSUN’s Minority Business Program and was its director from 1984 to 1987. The program gave counseling, academic, moral support and job-placement resources to underrepresented minority students and thus helped to diversify the business community.
From there, Blake became the director for the on-campus San Fernando Valley Economic Resource Center in 2001 and elevated the university’s standing in the local business community by leading the efforts to publish the San Fernando Valley Economic Report and the CSUN Economic Forecast for the San Fernando Valley.
Blake retired from CSUN in 2009, but has continued to remain active. He has served on the Board of Directors for The Valley Economic Alliance and Chime Institute — two nonprofit organizations that CSUN has championed for the purposes of creating economic and educational growth in the San Fernando Valley. And Blake is currently the treasurer for CSUN’s Association of Retired Faculty.
The Montana-born Matador has other deep connections to CSUN. In 1998, he married CSUN secondary education professor Bonnie Ericson. His son Brian also graduated from CSUN, and he has a daughter, Sheridan.
There’s a reason, Blake said, why he has been so involved and active at CSUN since he arrived 45 years ago.
“Because that’s what we do,” he said.
“We,” being educators.
“I love education. And the people are all interesting,” Blake said. “You see the youth (of the students) and see their excitement about having opportunity. But there are also a number of fascinating faculty out here who have expertise that they’re just fun to listen to and are stimulating. (Being active) doesn’t stop when you retire.”