Establishing a Legacy for Learning
Growing up, Bev Mitchum had not considered a technology career. She obtained a degree in marketing and design before taking an entry-level job in an engineering company’s mailroom. Her willingness to volunteer in many other departments provided the experiences that put her at the forefront of the telecommunications industry. In 1976, she became the company’s first female to work in a management position.
In 1986, Bev joined Cal State LA as its first telecommunications manager.
“That position was created at the perfect time for me,” Bev says. “I was seeking a new challenge and felt confident that my expertise aligned with the university’s needs. As it turns out, it did.”
For over 20 years, Bev shaped the university’s technology services. Now, she is supporting future Cal State LA students by designating a portion of her estate for scholarships in the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Business and Economics.
“Bev’s gift helps provide students in two different colleges with the resources they need for success,” notes Vice President for University Advancement Janet Dial. “We are grateful to Bev for the positive impact her gift will have on our students.”
Bev’s generosity has helped the university pass the $58 million milestone of We Are LA: The Campaign for Cal State LA. The goal for this initiative—the university’s first capital campaign—is $75 million.
“I understand the importance of preparing students for careers in rapidly changing industries where the positions open today may be dramatically different in the future,” Bev says. “It is satisfying knowing I have worked hard for something that can really benefit others going forward.”
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