Campus: CSU San Marcos -- May 5, 2004

Local Entrepreneur and Performing Arts Director to be Honored at Cal State San Marcos Commencement

During the 2004 Cal State San Marcos Commencement ceremonies, Saturday, May 15, two accomplished members of the local community will receive honorary degrees on behalf of the campus and the California State University. The ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the main grandstand of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

James A. “Bob” Husband, founder, president and chief executive officer of the Heritage Golf Group, has been selected by Chancellor Charles B. Reed to receive a doctor of humane letters degree. He will be recognized during the 9 a.m. ceremony. John Santuccio, executive director of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, has been selected by Reed to receive a doctor of fine arts degree. He will be recognized during the 3 p.m. ceremony.

Bob Husband, a graduate of Cal State Northridge, has worked hard at both the game and business of golf, making him one of the industry’s most influential entrepreneurs. He has founded and led several successful companies—including CCA/Golf Corp, Cobblestone Golf Group, and most recently, the San Diego-based Heritage Golf Group, which owns and operates private and daily fee golf facilities throughout the U.S.

“Bob Husband has been an extraordinary success in business,” said Karen S. Haynes, president of Cal State San Marcos, “and he has used his successes to not only improve the golf industry, but also to bring new opportunities to young people in the community, including students at Cal State San Marcos. It is alumni like Bob Husband that have helped build the reputation of the California State University system.”

In 2003, Husband was named one of the “25 Most Powerful People in Golf,” by Inc. Magazine. Previously, he was named an “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young and “One of the Most Dynamic Movers and Shakers in the Golf Industry” by Crittenden Golf.
Locally, Husband, his wife, Sue, and Heritage Golf have made a significant contribution toward the growth of Cal State San Marcos through their support of collegiate athletics, scholarships and other high-priority needs. In 1999, they helped kick-start the FORE! Education Golf Tournament, which has become a major fund-raiser for athletics. Heritage Golf has sponsored the event every year since.
Together, the Husbands created the Heritage Youth Foundation in 1999 to support regional and national youth programs. The foundation supports an extensive list of organizations, including Big Brothers and Sisters, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House, and numerous youth baseball and local school programs.
Husband is a Class A, life member of the PGA of America, and in 1978 and 1979 he was a member of the PGA Tour. He was also on the coaching staff at UCLA and served on the National Advisory Board of the National Golf Course Owners Association. For more than 20 years, he has taught and mentored PGA Tour golfer David Berganio Jr.

The Husbands live in Del Mar, Calif.

John Santuccio is relatively new to San Diego, but his lifelong commitment to classical music has already had an impact on the San Diego Community and Cal State San Marcos. In September 2002, he became the executive director of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. Founded in 1984 by conductor Donald Barra, the orchestra provides audiences throughout San Diego County with affordable, high quality symphonic repertoire.

Less than a year after relocating to San Diego from Greensboro, North Carolina, Santuccio connected with Cal State San Marcos music professor Merryl Goldberg over their shared love of music and goal of restoring arts and music education in area classrooms. Goldberg, who last year formed Center ARTES (Art, Research, Teaching, Education, Schools) at the university to further this goal, asked Santuccio to join the center’s executive committee. Currently, they are planning a five-year collaboration between the orchestra and university.

“John Santuccio has devoted his professional career to bringing classical music to the public, an undertaking that not only entertains, but also educates and inspires,” said Haynes. “He understands that a complete education for our young people must include the arts—a belief that is shared by Cal State San Marcos and that is being realized through Center ARTES.”

Santuccio has served as vice president and executive director of the Charlotte Symphony in North Carolina, executive director of the Syracuse Symphony in New York, and orchestra manager for the New York Philharmonic. He was also president of G. Schirmer Inc., a prominent music publishing company. He received an MBA from Columbia University and is an accomplished pianist.

More recently, he finished a nine-year tenure as president of the United Arts Council of Greensboro, a private, nonprofit organization that raises money for community groups. He has also produced 40 classical recordings, including a 1983 Grammy-winning CD that teamed "New Morning for the World" by the Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. composer Joseph Schwantner and Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait.” It was produced at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where Santuccio was then the assistant director for administration.

Santuccio lives in Encinitas, California.

Contacts: Paige Jennings, 760/750-4048,

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