Colleagues and friends of the university,

I have some very sad news to share. Earlier today, we learned of the passing of a remarkable philanthropist, entrepreneur and human being – Jack H. Brown. As the iconic Executive Chairman of Stater Bros., he built the company into Southern California's only locally owned supermarket chain.

His generosity is unprecedented, with a legacy gift that led the CSU Board of Trustees’ decision to name the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration.

His leadership and philanthropy have been a benchmark for others to follow, creating countless opportunities for economic and social growth at every level of his organization. His commitment to the values and sacrifices of those that served our country in the military was unwavering. He championed education, children’s well-being, hunger relief, health, and help for our nation’s veterans.

Today we share our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the memory of this wonderful man, and send our condolences to his family and the Stater Bros community.

Tomás D. Morales