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January 6, 2007 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
The president of Irvine Co.'s investment properties arm, Clarence Barker, will step down at the end of June and turn the job over to Richard Gilchrist, the big Orange County land developer announced Friday. Gilchrist, now president of the company's office unit, will be succeeded by Val Wheeler, 62, the division's current executive vice president of asset management. The head of the investment properties division oversees the company's retail, resorts, apartments and office divisions.
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April 26, 2001 | MATTHEW EBNET
As part of a broad plan to give $25 million over several years to improve schools serving Irvine Ranch communities, Irvine Co. and the Donald Bren Foundation on Wednesday announced the first distribution of funds. For the 2001-02 school year, about $2.8 million will go to 52 schools as cash awards of $15,000 each to teachers and principals for outstanding work, and to two other education programs. Rich Elbaum, a spokesman for Irvine Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1990 | from a Times Staff Writer
Have the relationships of Irvine Co. officials with Pete Wilson helped the company's federal agenda during the senator's term here? Not necessarily, say those familiar with the company. Wilson is "always interested and sympathetic" but has not assumed the role of champion for any specific Irvine Co. project, said a source familiar with Wilson's involvement with the Irvine Co. Wilson is not a member of either of the two Senate committees whose jurisdictions are most closely linked to Irvine Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2007 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
Irvine Co. Chairman Donald Bren will donate $20 million to get UC Irvine's fledgling law school off the ground and have it named in his honor. The donation, announced Monday, will ensure that the Donald Bren School of Law will greet an expected first class of 67 students on schedule in fall 2009, said UCI Chancellor Michael V. Drake. "Mr Bren is an astute investor and . . . wants this law school to be the very best that it can be," Drake said.
BUSINESS
July 21, 1994 | Debora Vrana, Times staff writer
Rating officials from Standard & Poor's Corp. were in town last week to chat with Irvine Co. Chairman Donald Bren. The subject: Ratings for a possible bond issue, probably a privately placed, unsecured, junk bond issue from Orange County's largest landowner, according to sources at the New York-based rating agency. The Irvine Co.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 1989 | CATHY CURTIS
Irvine Co. chairman Donald Bren and Etsuko and Joe Price of Newport Beach are among the 100 top private collectors in the United States as listed in Art & Antiques magazine's March issue. "The few fellow collectors who've seen . . . Bren's relatively small and carefully chosen collection . . . praise its rigor and intellectual purity," the article says.
BUSINESS
November 21, 1985 | JAMES S. GRANELLI
Irvine Co. is transforming its hotel division into a semiautonomous operation called Irvine Hotel Co. "to heighten its stature" in the competitive hotel market in Orange County, company President Thomas H. Nielsen said Wednesday. James T. Kelley, 42, a senior vice president of Chicago-based Hyatt Development Corp., a subsidiary of Hyatt Corp., has been hired as president of the new company. Kelley will take over Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1985 | BILL BILLITER \f7
The patch of earth was about 7 feet long and 3 feet wide, and had the eerie look of a new grave. Workers had prepared the hard soil, next to Crawford Gymnasium at UC Irvine, so dignitaries at a ground-breaking ceremony Thursday wouldn't get blisters. But the grave-shaped patch of ground had an ominous look, so Chancellor Jack Peltason made a wry joke. Looking at the "grave" in front of him, Peltason said: "I came not to bury the Events Center, but to praise it."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 1989 | CATHY CURTIS
A newly formed search committee to find a director for the Newport Harbor Art Museum has already located several potential candidates, so the museum board has postponed action to hire a professional search firm, according to spokeswoman Maxine Gaiber. Meanwhile, the board has decided against appointing an interim director.
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