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California State University, Long Beach’s (CSULB) College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has received a $2.3 million anonymous donation to create an endowed dean position — the first at CSULB — at the college as well as a graduate fellowship.

“In an era of budget cuts and associated reductions in state funding, the philanthropy of the Beach Community is more important than ever,” CSULB President Jane Close Conoley said in a release. “Through their generosity, donors become partners in fulfilling our mission of student success. This endowment will help the university recruit and retain a truly visionary individual to be the next dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. We are incredibly grateful for such a transformational gift."

CSULB is seeking a new dean to replace Laura Kingsford, who announced in September she was leaving to pursue leading CSULB’s efforts in Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD). The program offers intensive research-training opportunities for students pursuing health-related research careers and is funded by the National Institutes of Health — the largest grant in CSULB history.

Providing money for the endowed dean position allows teaching, studying and community service of the dean. It’s also an aspect that helps recruiting and keeping the best possible dean. The gift also provides an endowed fellowship for students to pursue graduate studies.

The endowed dean position is the third in the CSU system.

—Emily Thornton

Emily is a staff writer covering higher education and other various topics for Gazette Newspapers. She has a background in weekly and daily newspapers and a bachelor’s in communication from La Sierra University.

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