Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- January 12, 2001

Foundation Funds "Learn-by-Doing" Professorship At Cal Poly

The James G. Boswell Foundation of Pasadena announced a $1.2 million endowment for the College of Agriculture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

The Foundation -- the charitable arm of Corcoran-based J.G. Boswell Co., California's largest and most diverse farming operation -- set up the gift to fund a permanent faculty position in the Crop Science Department in the nation's fourth largest College of Agriculture.

According to Joseph J. Jen, dean of the college, "Nothing could please us more than entering our Centennial year with this wonderful new position from such a prestigious company. Not only is it one of the largest gifts we have ever received, but it is an exciting opportunity for us to take our "learn-by-doing" educational mission into new dimensions of service which benefit our students and all of California agriculture."

In commenting on the gift, Foundation President of the Board of Directors James W. Boswell said, "Cal Poly has consistently produced graduates who have played decisive roles in building California's vibrant agricultural economy. The Board of Trustees wished to acknowledge that solid record of on-going performance as well as significantly invest in Cal Poly's vision for a second century of "learn-by-doing."

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