Trustee Testimonials - UC Santa Barbara Foundation



A Visionary Gift: The Breaux Family Fellowship

Trustee Richard “Dick” Breaux '67 and his wife Kathryn “Kathy” ’68, discuss their personal connection with UC Santa Barbara and their inspiration for establishing the Breaux Family Fellowship in support of stem cell research in the Clegg Lab in the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering. Their fellowship recipient, Britney Pennington, shares an inside look at her research behind studying eye development using stem cells in hopes of applying findings to cellular therapies for Age-related Macular Degeneration. Also featured is Dr. Dennis Clegg, Wilcox Professor of BioMedicine, Co-Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering, Department of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology. Dr. Clegg’s lab is researching how stem cells can be applied in novel therapies to treat diseases, especially Age-related Macular Degeneration, neural development and neural disease. Recently, the FDA cleared a clinical trial for macular degeneration, and the Phase 1 clinical trial will begin soon.

Commitment to the Arts

Trustee, donor Eva Haller makes new gift of art; life of mentoring inspired by memories of brother.

Gift of Responsibility: for Duvals, giving is all in the family

Trustee Glenn Duval (Alum '80) and his family annually support UC Santa Barbara through their Duval Scholarships which are awarded to undergraduates with academic promise in research or honors programs. He and his wife Bettina endowed the awards fund and named it in honor of their son, Bennett, a 2011 Gaucho grad. The scholarship, and managing the fund on behalf of the family, were the Duval's graduation gift to their son.

Inspiring a Generation: The Larry Adams Scholarship Fund

Trustees R. Marilyn Lee '69 and Phillip Spector '72 discuss their formative years at UC Santa Barbara and the inspirational mentoring of former Political Science Professor Larry Adams.
Lee established the Larry Adams Scholarship Fund in 1999 (Department of Political Science), an annual award that Spector has greatly contributed to. The Adams Award was created to recognize and honor Professor Adams, whose strong commitment to public service and political involvement inspired a generation of UCSB students in the 1960's.

Supporting Students: An Opportunity of a Lifetime

Trustees Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree H'12 and John Arnhold '75 discuss their support for students. The Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree Endowment Fund benefits outstanding students facing a barrier to education - such as financial need or a learning disability. Ridley-Tree has supported over 240 students since 1998. Arnhold, with wife Jody, has been a major supporter of the Department of English, including the Arnhold Undergraduate Research Fellows Program which offers students unique opportunities to conduct research beyond normal undergrad course levels.

Trustee and Alum Mark Schwartz '84 Talks About Giving Back

Trustee and Alum Mark Schwartz, '84, talks about the commitment he and his wife Lynda have made to the UC Santa Barbara soccer program. The Schwartz family has opened their home to Gaucho players from around the world, developing strong bonds that have helped inspire Mark's own children.

'Like Family'

Alumni Trustee Lynn and Winnie Reitnouer were married in 1953, in the midst of their college years at what was then called UC Santa Barbara State College. The pair have made a habit of sharing their time and money with the campus they praise as "world-class." PRESS RELEASE

Early UC Santa Barbara Alumnus and Longtime Trustee Recalls 1940's Campus Life

Our video interview with Harvey Schechter, UCSB Class of '47, who talks about how he used to ride his horse, Chica, to school when UCSB was a small campus on the Riviera. Schechter and his wife of 57 years, Hope, included the campus in their estate plans. PRESS RELEASE