Campus: CSU Northridge -- November 14, 2005
Engineering Professor Doubles Her Financial Support for Program
She Helped Found
Bonita Campbell, chair of Cal State Northridge's Department of Manufacturing Systems
Engineering and Management, believes so much in the department she helped found that last
year she created a $25,000 endowment to ensure that the engineering management program has
financial support in the future.
In a new demonstration of her commitment to the work of students and colleagues in the
department, Campbell has doubled the size of the Bonita J. Campbell Engineering Management
Endowment with the contribution of another $25,000.
"I've been fiscally conservative and invested my money wisely. Now it is time for me to do
something with it-however small the amount," Campbell said. "I believe in what this
department is doing and what the university is trying to do. This is just my small way
of supporting it."
S.T. Mau, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, called Campbell's
decision to double her gift a reflection of the commitment she has for her students and
"Bonita Campbell is a dedicated educator whose determination to ensure that the students
in her department have the best opportunities possible is outmatched only by her generosity,"
Campbell has been supplementing her initial gift with monthly paycheck deductions, generating
even greater yields. Funds from the endowment go toward supporting student and graduate
assistants. The endowment also helps cover program-related expenses, such as guest lecture
fees, as determined by the engineering management faculty in the department.
Bonita Campbell has been teaching at Cal State Northridge for 30 years, starting out in what
was then the Department of Mechanics and Materials. Campbell later chaired the department
when it was called the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering and Applied Mechanics.
Campbell spearheaded the creation of the Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering
and Management four years ago in response to demand for systems and production specialists
who can serve the vast number of manufacturing production companies in greater Los Angeles.
The department's programs are the only ones of their kind in the area.