Campus: CSU Long Beach -- January 28, 2005
Long-Time Supporters of Cal State Long Beach Make Substantial
Donation to Establish Center for Ethical Leadership
Mick and Louise Ukleja have donated a substantial gift toward a $2.5 million
endowment to establish a Center for Ethical Leadership at California State
University, Long Beach (CSULB).
Mick Ukleja is the founder and president of LeadershipTraQ in Cypress, a member
of the university's Board of Governors and a CSULB graduate. Louise Ukleja is
president of Opportunity Schools, which delivers programs for private school
students with learning challenges.
The Uklejas are long-time donors to the university, and they have used their
talents to be involved in the causes to which they have contributed. In the past
their campus donations have been directed toward the athletics program, Disabled
Student Services, the President's Scholars Program and the College of Business
Based upon the generosity of their recent gift, as well as their commitment to
assist in raising additional funds to support its endowment, CSULB will request
to officially name the center the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at the
California State University Board of Trustees meeting in March.
"The Uklejas' support of the Center for Ethical Leadership will not only impact
our campus, but will greatly enhance the public dialogue of how ethics influences
our lives on a daily basis," said Robert C. Maxson, CSULB president.
With a goal to serve as the preeminent center of thought about applied ethics in
leadership in business and the professions among public universities in the
western United States, the center will be established in CSULB's College of
Business Administration. The center will assist companies and not-for-profit
organizations in meeting the challenges and advancing the practice of ethical
Designed as an interdisciplinary organization, the center will draw upon the
collective expertise of faculty and administrators from all of the university's
colleges and well as its Division of Student Services, according to Luis Calingo,
dean of the College of Business Administration.
The center will be the first named center of its kind in a California State
University business school and is another first for the CSULB College of Business
Administration, which received the 2002 California Prospector Award for commitment
to quality and continuous improvement.
Media Contacts: Toni Beron, 562/985-4134 or Rick Gloady,
Center Contacts: Luis Calingo, 562/985-5307 or Kathleen Lacey,