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Cal Lutheran tops $10 million in donations

March 24, 2007|From a Times Staff Writer

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks announced this week that it has tallied more than $10 million in donations for capital improvement projects.

"We're closing in on $11 million," said John Sladek, who was inaugurated as Cal Lutheran's sixth president last month. "We're absolutely delighted."

The largest gift was $5 million from Jim Swenson, a member of the CLU board of regents, and his wife, Sue. The Dana Point couple's donation will help pay for construction of a new science building.

Two former regents, Jack Gilbert of Oxnard and Marvin Soiland of Santa Rosa, each pledged more than $1 million. Gilbert, chairman of TOLD Corp. in Camarillo, has given CLU more than $11 million over the years.

The private, four-year university, with 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, has endowments of $55 million, Sladek said.

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