Naming a Nationally Recognized School
The nationally recognized Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy commemorates an outstanding educator who founded SDSU’s School of Accountancy, was a professor in the School, and was instrumental in launching what would become the Fowler College of Business, serving as the college’s first dean. To honor her husband’s legacy, Gertrude Lamden and her family made a gift to name the school for him. Lamden School students are frequently among the top performers on the CPA exam with several earning the Gold Medal for the top score nationally. Through the Lamdens’ gift, the School will continue Charles Lamden's legacy of excellence in perpetuity.
A Gift for the Community
Mrs. Dianne L. Bashor is well known in San Diego for her philanthropy. Her first donation to SDSU was a $15-million lead gift toward construction of the new Aztec Stadium in Mission Valley where the field will be named for her. “This gift is a commitment to not only a great university, but the San Diego community,” she announced, underscoring the university’s widespread support throughout the region. Mrs. Bashor’s generous donation reaffirms that an investment in SDSU is a gift to all of San Diego.
A Challenge to Boost Continued Ascendance
Ron and Alexis Fowler’s $25 million endowment gift is the largest single donation to SDSU in the school’s history. The Fowlers’ years of support for and commitment to the university and its students prompted the naming, in their honor, of the Fowler College of Business. Their endowment gift provides scholarships and professorships, develops a lecture series, and provides international experiences and expanded programming for SDSU business students. Established as a matching gift, this endowment provides a challenge to the university and its supporters to raise an additional $25 million for the college. Ron Fowler said he hoped the couple’s donation would provide “a launching pad for greatness,” Their legacy will benefit SDSU students, faculty and staff for generations to come.