Musicians perform at Cal State University San Marcos' 25th anniversary gala. Courtesy CSUSM
Musicians perform at Cal State University San Marcos’ 25th anniversary gala. Courtesy CSUSM

Community leaders from north San Diego and southwest Riverside counties raised a record-breaking $180,000 at California State University San Marcos‘ 25th anniversary gala.

Proceeds from the back-tie affair last month will support scholarships, student programming and the professional development of the faculty at the rapidly growing university.

The event brought together over 500 attendees, including Lou Monville, chair of the California State University board, and Bill Stacy, CSUSM’s first president.

During her remarks at the event, university President Karen Haynes reflected on how far Cal State San Marcos has come since she arrived as the institution’s third president in 2004.

“Together we have built a university with high-impact programs  preparing tomorrow’s leaders for the challenges of a rapidly changing world; a university building great communities by truly engaging with and reflecting those communities; and a university solving critical issues with cutting-edge research and with a guiding spirit that is nimble, entrepreneurial and future-focused,” she said.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.