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University Citizen Gives Back to CSUF

Nov. 16, 2012

Jeffrey S. Van Harte ’80 is a true University citizen. Since graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in business administration-finance, Van Harte has contributed to many University programs, including the Campaign for the College of Business and Economics.

The San Carlos resident and chief investment officer for the Focus Equity Team at Delaware Investments says the reason he donates to the University is pretty simple.

“I just wanted to give back to something that gave a lot to me,” Van Harte said. “Attending CSUF really was a life-changing experience.”

Van Harte committed $100,000 to the Campaign for the College of Business and Economics and has given more than $155,000 to other various programs, including the golf program.

He also funded the initial startup for the college’s Student Managed Investment Fund with a gift of $100,000.

“In an environment such as state schools where funding is not as good as it used to be, these kinds of initiatives are really important to start and hopefully grow over time,” he said.

Van Harte was one of eight alumni recognized in April as a Vision & Visionaries' Distinguished Alumni.

Since 2011, he has served on the Board of Governors for the Philanthropic Foundation. This year, he is serving as the chair of the Finance and Investment Committee.

Van Harte said students trying to figure out their life path should focus on their passion. “If they find their passion, that's everything to their future happiness.”

For more information regarding gifts to the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, contact Carol Spencer, Director of Development, at or 657-278-2857.

By: Michael Mahi, 657-278-5143

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