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Ventura County Based University Shifts Major Gift To Help Cope With COVID-19 Impacts


A major donor has redirected a nearly $5 million dollar gift to a South Coast university as a result of the pandemic.

Steven Dorfman gave California Lutheran University the money to build a new home for its School of Management.  But, given the financial strain COVID-19 has created for many students, he and University President Lori Varlotta worked out a plan to shift the focus of the gift.

$1.2 million will be used for scholarships.  The remaining $3.6 million will go to support startups with Cal Lutheran students and alumni, and to endow a professor’s position.

Dorfman was a longtime Hughes Corporation executive involved with a number of space exploration missions, as well as the creation of the Direct TV satellite service. 

CLU is the parent of KCLU Radio.

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