Campus: CSU Long Beach -- January 31, 2003

Board of Trustees for California State University (CSU) Approves Naming of Building at Cal State Long Beach for Former President Stephen Horn, Wife

The Board of Trustees for the California State University (CSU) system today approved the renaming of a building at Cal State Long Beach for former campus president and U.S. Congressman Stephen Horn and his wife, Nini, according to CSULB President Robert C. Maxson. As a result, the North Campus Center at the university will be named the "Steve and Nini Horn Center."

Horn served as president of Cal State Long Beach from 1970 to 1988 and remained as a trustee professor of political science at the university from 1988 to 1992. Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, he served as a representative of the greater Long Beach area for 10 years until his retirement earlier this month.

"Steve Horn has served Cal State Long Beach faithfully for more than 30 years, both as president of the campus and as a U.S. Congressman," Maxson said. "He and his wife, Nini, have been true friends and supporters of this campus in every sense of the word, and no couple is more deserving of having a building named in their honor at this university than these two."

"Nini and I are deeply humbled by this honor. The North Campus Center contains programs that hold a special place in our hearts: library services, the University Art Museum and instructional technology. We are very grateful to President Maxson and the Trustees," Horn said.

While serving as CSULB's president, Horn reformed general education and graduation requirements to stress learning skills, cultural literacy and interdisciplinary education, and started the first mandatory course in the country on the purpose of the university and human resource opportunities. Horn also secured legislative approval for a statewide senior citizen education program to allow seniors to take courses for reduced fees, a program that now exists on all 23 CSU campuses. He also established one of the first programs in the country for women returning to college and created the Disabled Resources Center, which became a national model.

During his tenure as president, Horn also guided 11 major construction projects on campus, including the Social Science/Public Affairs building, the Student Services Administration building, the Engineering/Computer Science building and the North Campus Center.

In Congress, Horn secured more than $20 million in appropriations from the U.S. Department of Defense for the Center for Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies (CCDoTT) at Cal State Long Beach, a center created to develop innovative methods of moving goods and people. He was also instrumental in the transfer of the former U.S. Navy property in west Long Beach to the university, which has become the CSULB Technology Park, and the forgiving of a $1.4 million debt on that property.

Nini Horn has been active in the community since the Horns moved to Long Beach in 1970. An active participant in campus events and organizations, she was particularly involved with the Fine Arts Affiliates and the International Community Council.

She was also an essential partner with her husband in attracting community support to the campus, and played a significant role in cultivating relationships that led to many major gifts received by the university, including those that resulted in the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center, the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden and the Martha Knoebel Dance Center.

Media Contacts: Toni Beron, 562-985-4134; Rick Gloady, 562-985-5454

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