Fresno Stateâ€™s College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (CAST) has recently received the largest cash gift ever given to Fresno Stateâ€”or any university in the California State University system.
On behalf of the Jordan family, a family from the East Bay who has been supporting the Ag department since 2002, recently donated over $29 million to the flourishing agriculture department.
The Jordan family (Bud Jordan, his wife Dee and his brother Lowell) began supporting CAST in November 1995 with an initial donation of $20,000.
Since then, the Jordan family has donated approximately $130,000 to the Ag-One-Lowell A. Jordan and Jordan Family Endowment, a fund that gives $1,000 scholarships to six or seven promising students each year.
â€œThe incredible gift will fund projects that the college had only just dreamed of,â€ Welty said.
â€œWe know we have outstanding, world-class agriculture programs and this gift will definitely establish Fresno State as the university of choice for top agriculture students.â€
Dr. Charles Boyer, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, said, â€œWe are blessed and honored to receive this generous gift from the Jordan family. This is a landmark moment for the college â€” one that will change our college forever and have a positive impact on generations of students.â€
Although Bud passed away in early 2002 and his brother in mid 2005, Budâ€™s wife Dee has visited the campus numerous times.
The large gift was a result of the sale of the Jordanâ€™s Dublin ranch.
In the coming months, Boyer and his colleagues will work with faculty and university administration to determine precisely how the funds will be used in the college.
A naming ceremony for the college, in honor of the Jordan family, will be held May 14.