Campus: CSU San Marcos -- August 30, 2002
Cal State San Marcos to Name Library After Philanthropists
Jean and W. Keith Kellogg
California State University San Marcos President Alexander Gonzalez
announced today that the library under construction on campus will be
named for Rancho Santa Fe philanthropists Jean and W. Keith Kellogg
II, pending approval by the CSU Board of Trustees.
"I am pleased to announce today a major event in the university's
history," Gonzalez told several hundred faculty and staff employees
assembled for the Convocation that opens each academic year. "The
Kellogg Library will serve as a perpetual reminder of the kindness,
generosity, and graciousness of two of the nicest people you would ever
want to meet," Gonzalez added.
The Kelloggs have been instrumental in the development of Cal State
San Marcos. They began supporting the campus in 1992, and have donated
or pledged millions of dollars.
Their early giving in 1996-98 funded planning for the library that will
bear their name. Funding initial planning with money from private sources
allowed the campus to move the library higher on the priority list of
CSU projects. As a result, the building will be completed 18 to 24 months
sooner than it might have been, according to Russell Decker, director
of Planning, Design and Construction.
Keith Kellogg II, an avid golfer, also donated start up funding for
the Cal State San Marcos golf program. His donation in 1998 allowed
the campus to hire a golf coach and to equip the team, which has sent
players to NAIA national championships each year since the program began
(men's team for two of three years; women's team for three of three
Initial planning money for a campus student union was also donated by
the Kelloggs in 1995. Decker says it allowed planners to develop concepts
for the third of three "jewel buildings" on the campus. (The
other "jewel buildings" are Craven Hall and the Kellogg Library.)
"The study helped us envision what the last of our centerpiece
buildings could be like, and how it could enhance student activities,
which is important to the Kelloggs," Decker added.
In addition, the Kelloggs have donated generously to the President's
Discretionary fund, which is used for a variety of priority projects.
They have also created the Kellogg Endowed Scholarship at Cal State
Keith Kellogg II is the grandson of the cereal company founder. The
couple moved to the San Diego area from the Midwest in the 1970s. The
couple received the first Cal State San Marcos President's Distinguished
Service Award in May 1998. Jean Kellogg received the first honorary
degree awarded by the campus at Commencement exercises in May 1999.
The proposed naming will be considered by the CSU Board of Trustees
at its September meeting. Approval is expected.
Contact: Rick Moore, Director of Communications, (760)