Rancho Santa Fe philanthropists Jean and W. Keith Kellogg II have pledged up to one-half million dollars towards the construction of the CSU San Marcos Library/Information Center, University officials announced today. The pledge brings the Kelloggs' total support of the Library project to $1.5 million.
Speaking on behalf of the CSUSM Trust Foundation Board of Directors, Qualcomm President Richard Sulpizio said the Kellogg pledge is a "challenge grant." "The Kelloggs will use their pledge as a challenge to other potential donors," said Sulpizio, who co-chairs the Trust Board. They will match, dollar for dollar, other gifts to the Library/Information Center project up to one-half million dollars. Thus, their support will be doubled by attracting additional contributions from the community."
The nearly 200,000 square foot Library/Information Center is projected to cost nearly $45 million. Of that total, $1.5 million must be raised from private sources by June 30, 2000, according to Sulpizio. With the Kellogg challenge, $1 million remains to be raised. The building will house up to 840,000 books and provide seating for more than 1,500. It will feature video and recording studios, multimedia instruction rooms and study areas for teachers and students. The Library/Information Center is expected to be a campus landmark and a major resource to the community.
"This is a very important gift to us," said CSU San Marcos President Alexander Gonzalez. "Construction of the Library/Information Center will not stay on schedule without $1.5 million in private support. The
Kelloggs have allowed us to use their gift to challenge others, which will move us closer to our goal than just a gift alone. This demonstrates one way sophisticated donors can enhance the net effect of their support. It also proves how important private support can be in leveraging state funding to deliver the most benefit to our students and to the community around us."
Keith Kellogg is the grandson of the cereal company founder. The couple moved to the San Diego area from the mid-west in the 1970s. The Kelloggs gave the University $1 million in 1997 for future library construction. They have also supported scholarship endowments and a feasibility study for the campus student union building. Keith Kellogg, an avid golfer, underwrote establishment of the CSUSM golf team. The couple served as honorary co-chairs of the University Ball committee that planned the March, 1999 social event observing the tenth anniversary of the campus. They received the first CSUSM President's Distinguished Service Award at Commencement exercises in May, 1998. Jean Kellogg received CSU San Marcos' first honorary doctorate degree at Commencement exercises in May, 1999.
Efforts are underway to raise the $500,000 in pledges and donations the Kelloggs will match, according to Jane Lynch, executive director of development for CSUSM. Additional information on the Library/Information Center project or the fund raising campaign is available from Lynch at (760) 750-4406.
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