The founders of Collins Foods International, the worldwide franchiser of Sizzler Restaurants, have given $10 million to Cal Poly Pomona's School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.
The money, from Los Angeles residents James and Carol Collins, is the largest individual gift given to the university since it was founded in 1938 on land donated by cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg.
Before the most recent donation, James Collins had spearheaded several development projects for the school, including the raising of $4 million for the Collins Center for Hospitality Management in 1990 and another $5 million to pay for a 22,000-square-foot expansion of that center.
The $10 million will enable the department's enrollment to grow from 450 to 700 students over the next few years. It will also be used to establish a $1.2-million faculty chair which "will give our students an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best in the business," said Richard Santillan, vice president of academic affairs.