Lake Arrowhead resident Neale Perkins was honored by the Cal State San Bernardino Philanthropic Foundation board for his years of service to the board and generosity to the university.
Perkins, who has been a long-time supporter of the university, was praised for his efforts by Cal State San Bernardino President Tomás D. Morales during a board meeting Thursday, Dec. 13, on campus.
Perkins “has served on the board since 1997, and throughout he has provided remarkable leadership. In fact, the success of the board is in large part due to Neale’s stewardship,” Morales said.
Morales also praised Perkins and his wife, Patricia, for opening up their home for fundraisers for Cal State San Bernardino. The couple has hosted a major university fundraising for college students who live in the local mountain communities.
He also led the Mountain Communities Scholarship Committee, which over a seven-year period has raised nearly $600,000 and has awarded 200 scholarships to nearly 110 students.
Through their volunteer efforts, Neale and Patricia Perkins have been credited for strengthening the bonds between Cal State San Bernardino and residents of the San Bernardino mountain communities who wish to pursue a college degree.
“Neale and his wife, Patricia, are wonderful friends of Cal State San Bernardino. Neale’s commitment to the campus is, in one word, extraordinary,” Morales said.
Typical of his leadership style, Perkins challenged board members to become involved at the university: guest lecturing in a class, mentoring students, creating internships at their businesses and assisting with fundraising for scholarships and other priorities.
In 2008, for his efforts and generosity, Perkins was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Cal State San Bernardino.
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