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Spotlight: Donors


David Nazarian

“While investing in companies can change lives and improve our economy, nothing is more impactful and important than access to quality education and mentoring. That is why I consider this to be the most significant investment of my career.”

An industry-leading businessman and tireless philanthropist, CSUN alumnus David Nazarian (‘82) has given back to his alma mater in a big way. CSUN’s college of business was renamed the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics in recognition of his commitment to lead a $25 million fundraising drive for the University. Although just one instance of his widespread philanthropic involvement, Nazarian hopes that his $10 million cash gift to CSUN will ensure that future generations can access the same life-changing opportunities he did while at the University.


Owen and Chris Smith

For some, graduation only represents the start of their relationship with their university. Owen (‘65) and Chris (‘64) Smith were two such people for whom this rings true. The Smiths, both CSUN graduates and longtime faculty members, remained loyal and dedicated to the university that became their second home. Prior to their passing, the husband and wife left a gift from their estate to CSUN, directing funds to a number of different areas that best represented their lifelong achievements and interests.16 Their contributions include:

  • Contributions to the Valley Performing Arts Center and
    the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science Nutrition and
  • An endowed scholarship for a student in the Department of
    Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in the
    Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences Option,
  • An endowed scholarship for a student in the Department of
    Theatre with a declared interest in Theatre Design/
    Technology, and
  • A Dean’s Circle Endowment in the College of Health & Human