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SDSU entrepreneurial center named for Leonard Lavin

San Diego State University received a major donation from Leonard Lavin, chair of the Alberto Culver Company, for its Entrepreneurial Management Center, the school announced Monday.

Since 2005, Lavin has been actively involved with SDSU’s Entrepreneurial Management Center as a guest lecturer and mentor.

The nationally ranked center is the anchor of SDSU’s entrepreneurship curriculum – featuring programs, workshops, internships, resources and events that help students translate their classroom learning into practice. The US News & World Report Top 25 Graduate Schools for Entrepreneurs has rated SDSU’s program to be among the best in the country.

Lavin’s endowment will rename the center as the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and expand its scope with new programs such as a speakers series, an entrepreneur-in-residence program and a micro venture fund for student startups.

His gift increases support for The Campaign for SDSU to $360 million to date. The university has embarked on an ambitious $500 million fundraising campaign with the goals of supporting students, faculty and programs and propelling SDSU into the ranks of the top public research universities.

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