Campus: CSU Channel Islands -- July 21, 2004
CSUCI Professor Named to State Parks Foundation
Rudolph I. Estrada, a California State University Channel Islands adjunct
professor of finance and management and director of the University's Small Business
Institute, has been recently named to the board of trustees of the California
State Parks Foundation.
Estrada, who will serve a three-year renewable term, brings his wide-ranging
business and community experience to the organization that advocates for funding
and resources for the state's 278 parks.
The nonprofit foundation, which is comprised of 40,000 members, foundations, and
corporate partners, supports environmental education, wildlife and habitat
preservation, volunteerism, and sound park policy. Since its founding in 1969, it
has contributed more than $110 million to benefit state parks.
"To serve on the California State Parks Foundation, an individual must demonstrate
outstanding leadership and service in their professional careers," said Thomas
McHenry, foundation trustee and chair of the organization's nominating committee.
"That person must have a solid commitment to the preservation of recreational use
of parklands in California. So we were particularly excited to have Rudy Estrada
join our organization, because he brings such a strong background in small business
and the banking industry, as well as a commitment to parks-on national and state
levels-that goes back 25 years."
The appointment also reflects CSUCI's commitment to the environment and to its
responsibilities as a green campus. "We're very proud of Rudy Estrada, not only
for his many contributions as a teacher, mentor, and business consultant to our
students, but also for this very special honor," said CSUCI President Richard R.
Rush. "His participation on the foundation will help to ensure that our state
parks are enjoyed by millions of people throughout our state and country."
In addition to his CSUCI duties as a professor and director of the University's
SBI, Estrada is president and chief executive officer of Estradagy, a firm that
provides business and financial services to companies in the public and private
The new California State Parks Foundation trustee has also held key positions with
federal agencies, including serving as a member of the board of several corporate
companies, as well as the former commissioner to the White House Commission on
Small Business for the President of the United States and director of the Los
Angeles District of the United States Small Business Administration, the largest
district within the federal agency.
He is also active in the leadership of a number of community organizations, including
former president of the University of Southern California Mexican-American
Scholarship Foundation, the Sierra Club, member of the Board of Trustees for the
Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, the Boy Scouts of America, and past
president of the Board of Trustees for Sias University in Zhengzhou, China.
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