Five prominent Inland Empire leaders to speak at CSUSB gala honoring President Albert Karnig


Five distinguished Inland Empire leaders and supporters of Cal State San Bernardino will pay tribute to university President Albert K. Karnig at a special gala held in his honor on Saturday, May 12.

A Tribute to President Karnig - Celebrating 15 Years of ExcellenceKarnig will retire at the end of the academic year and the event is to honor him and his wife Marilyn, who have provided remarkable service to the Cal State San Bernardino and communities throughout the Inland Empire for 15 years.

The gala, which is black-tie optional attire, is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Saturday, May 12, on campus at Coussoulis Arena. The price of the event is $125 per person. Proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships at CSUSB.

The five speakers, who represent a broad range of supporters from across the community, are:

  • Nicholas Coussoulis, graduate of CSUSB, B.A. geography, 1975, chairman of Coussoulis Development Corporation, who received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from CSUSB in 2009. Coussoulis Arena is named in honor of his parents James and Aerianthi Coussoulis;
  • Jack H. Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Stater Bros. Supermarkets, who received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from CSUSB in 2005. Jack H. Brown Hall is named for him;
  • Lou Monville, graduate of CSUSB, B.A. communication studies, 1994, member of the California State University system Board of Trustees and executive vice president of O’Reilly Public Relations;
  • Herb Fischer, retired superintendent of San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools; and
  • George Rene Murillo, noted member of the renowned philanthropic Murillo family, is the son of George and Pauline Murillo, whose legacy continues the family’s legendary tradition of exceptional support to education. His family were contributors to the CSUSB Murillo Family Observatory.

Cal State San Bernardino Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Andrew Bodman will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies. The program will also include comments from the president’s wife, Marilyn Karnig, and Jodie Ullman, chair of the CSUSB Faculty Senate, among others.

Proceeds from the gala will support the CSUSB President’s Academic Excellence Scholarship program and other preferred scholarships at the university. More than 80 percent of Cal State San Bernardino students receive some form of financial aid, and scholarships help the university to attract and retain deserving undergraduate and graduate students, and to fulfill the promise of funding their education.

The event is also being sponsored by a number of businesses and individuals from around the region that include:

  • San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
  • Schools First Federal Credit Union
  • H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation
  • CSUSB Alumni Association
  • Associated Students Inc.

To make reservations or for more information, call (909) 537-7700, e-mail or visit the event website at Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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