Campus: CSU Northridge -- February 08, 2002


Countrywide Donation Creates Endowed Professorship at CSUN

Cal State Northridge officials announced today that Countrywide Credit Industries has donated $300,000 to the university for the creation of an endowed professorship in the university's Department of Finance, Real Estate and Insurance.

Countrywide, a Calabasas-based, diversified financial services provider, will work with the university officials to develop the department's first endowed professorship. The Countrywide gift, which is payable over five years, will provide critical additional resources needed to recruit and retain top faculty, support existing programs and attract distinguished visiting scholars.
"Assisting in the creation of the endowed professorship at CSUN aptly coincides with Countrywide's ongoing community involvement and active philanthropic efforts," said Anne McCallion, managing director and chief administrative officer for Countrywide.

Judy Knudson, CSUN's vice president for university advancement, called Countrywide's gift a wonderful partnership that will benefit both organizations, but in particular the university's students.

"It provides a wonderful opportunity for the university to enhance educational opportunities in the Department of Finance, while continuing to cement our efforts to reach out to the community," Knudson said.

William Jennings, chair of the Department of Finance, Real Estate and Insurance in CSUN's College of Business and Economics, said faculty were looking forward to the creation of the Countrywide Endowed Professorship in Finance and Real Estate.
"Everyone in the department is very, very excited about the endowed professorship and to be working with Countrywide," Jennings said.

Founded in 1969, Countrywide Credit Industries, Inc. NYSE, is a member of the S&P 500 and Forbes 500. The company provides consumer and business-to-business financial products and services in domestic and international markets. Its primary subsidiary, Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. was recently ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction Among the Largest National Home Lenders*. Consumer businesses include mortgages, insurance and other financial products. Business-to-business activities encompass capital markets, transaction processing and insurance. The company is headquartered in Calabasas, Calif., and has more than 15,000 employees with over 550 offices.

Other Countrywide subsidiaries include Full Spectrum Lending, Inc., a subprime residential mortgage lender; LandSafe, Inc., a provider of loan closing services; Countrywide Insurance Services, Inc., a full-service insurance agency; Countrywide Capital Markets, a mortgage-related investment banker; and Balboa Life and Casualty, a national provider of property, liability and life insurance. In addition, Countrywide is the majority shareholder of Global Home Loans, Ltd., a European mortgage banking joint venture.

For more information about the company, visit Countrywide's website at www.countrywide.com.
CSUN's College of Business and Economics currently serves more than 5,700 undergraduate and graduate students, and is one of the 10 largest undergraduate business programs in the United States.

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