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Foundation Board Members

Part 2 (See Spring ’09 Current for Part 1) Members of the CI Foundation

Pauline G. Malysko

Occupation: Entrepreneur, Logix Development Corporation, President/CFO, CFO to GO, Principal; 3 years on the Foundation Board.

What inspired you to get involved with CI?
I have been involved in some capacity with CI from the beginning. I recognized the significant role our University would play in the future of our region and want to be a part of helping to assure that it succeeds.

Your most memorable experience?
There are so many memorable experiences for me that choosing one is difficult. I would say listening to the students’ stories as they received scholarships at the B & TP Leadership Awards dinner is a big one and seeing Jack Broome speak at the dedication of the Broome Library. These are just two of the moments I treasure.

Larry Janss

Occupation: Real Estate and Film Production; Foundation Board member since May 2009

What inspired you to get involved with CI?
President Rush’s kind strong-arming and the real potential of working on the embryonic Institute for Social Business.

Your most memorable experience?
Completing the promotional film for the fledgling Institute and meeting Dr. Muhammad Yunus on campus.

Jeffrey D. Paul

Occupation: Bank Executive; one year on the Foundation Board

What inspired you to get involved with CI?
I’m a lifelong County resident who has watched the evolution of the University from dream to reality. I was asked to join the Board by Cindy Daley and inspired by the founding of the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics

Paul Rivera

Occupation: Associate Professor of Economics at CI; 6 years on the Foundation Board

What inspired you to get involved with CI?
I came to the University when we opened our doors in 2002 to help create innovative and relevant academic programs for our community in an environment that fosters a lifelong love of learning and where no two days are the same. So far, I’ve not been disappointed.

Your most memorable experience:
With only one exception, I have been a name reader at all of our commencement ceremonies. It is truly inspirational to have the privilege of calling out students’ names at the very instant they realize that they have accomplished something huge and life altering. I look forward to it every year.

George S. Leis

Occupation: President, CEO and CIO of Pacific Capital Bancorp (CA); Foundation Board member since May 2009

What inspired you to get involved with CI?
The partnership between business and education is critical. Today’s students are tomorrow’s business leaders, and the coaching and context we, as business leaders, provide now will help shape the future of our respective industries.

Your most memorable experience?
Working with President Rush, his team, and the students is constantly refreshing. In the academic world, everything is framed in terms of possibilities. That’s a good reminder to those of us in business, and I appreciate every opportunity I have to be reminded of that.

Harold S. Edwards

Occupation: President & CEO – Limoneira Company; 3 years on the Foundation Board

What inspired you to get involved with CI?
I am proud to serve on the CI Foundation Board because I believe that a critical part of a community’s foundation is its educational system. Having a California State University in Ventura County is an incredible asset for our Ventura County community. I am proud to be a part of the University through the Foundation Board and look forward to working to assure the sustainable future of CI.

Your most memorable experience?
A series of experiences involving my witnessing the glorious expansion of the CI campus.

Larry S. Hymes

Occupation: Managing Partner of Anker, Reed, Hymes, Schreiber & Cohen; 5 years on the Foundation Board.

What inspired you to get involved with CI?
The opportunity to participate on the ground floor to build something special with a long-lasting positive effect on our society. If we do a good job today, they may still be educating young minds 900 years in the future.

Your most memorable experience?
Attendance at the convocation of the first graduating class was my most memorable experience.

John Ridgway

Occupation: CEO and Creative Director, Via/Novocom; one year on the Foundation Board

What inspired you to get involved with CI?
I first heard about the University from a friend who worked there in 2006 and I drove over to explore the campus on my own. Walking around I was instantly impressed with the potential this new CSU campus had to become one of LA’s iconic schools and decided I wanted to be part of it.

Your most memorable experience?
I’ve had the good fortune to work with many students during the new rebranding process we directed for the University. They have a creative can-do attitude instilled along with their formal education that forms the well rounded nature of the CI experience that ultimately impacted the new look and feel of the new visual brand at Channel Islands.

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