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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Celebrates its New Name

Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Ribbon Cutting

From Left: Jim Sinegal (Costco Founder and college board member), Carol Goldthwaite (Lavin assistant), Leonard Lavin, SDSU President Dr. Elliot Hirshman, and Dean Dr. Michael Cunningham

SDSU's Entrepreneurial Management Center is officially named the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.

The Center's benefactor, Leonard H. Lavin, SDSU President Elliot Hirshman, College of Business Dean Michael Cunningham, Center Director Alex DeNoble, and a host of other center dignitaries gathered at the SDSU College of Business Administration-hosted ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 15, 2013.

Lavin, the 93-year-old founder and chairman emeritus of Alberto Culver, has been a major supporter of SDSU's Entrepreneurial Management Center over the years and had come to the event from his home in the Chicago area to participate in the ribbon cutting.

The Center, along with the Management Department in the College of Business, are the anchors of SDSU's entrepreneurship curriculum–featuring programs, workshops, internships, resources and events that help students transform their classroom learning into practice.

Lavin's most recent endowment will expand the Center's scope with new programs such as a speakers series, an entrepreneur-in-residence program and a micro venture fund for student start-ups.

"Leonard Lavin's knowledge and insight have fueled the spirit of entrepreneurship across the San Diego State community," said Michael Cunningham, Dean of the College of Business Administration. "This new and transformational gift will enhance our academic education, provide students with hands-on entrepreneurship opportunities and forever link our program with the Lavin corporate legacy."

"Mr. Lavin has a remarkable rapport with young people," said Alex DeNoble, Professor of Management and Executive Director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. "As a mentor to students, he is both pragmatic and inspirational and he knows precisely the tools and experiences our students need to achieve success."

SDSU awarded Lavin an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in May 2012.