Given to those whose efforts have resulted in significant contributions to the university’s resources and, thereby, to its educational capabilities and services.
By Susan Fornoff
Chevron partners with many universities around the world to help advance higher education and build a technically proficient global workforce. However, the iconic energy company has a unique relationship in its own backyard with Golden Gate University, and as a result GGU has named Chevron the recipient of this year’s Amicus Award.
Dale Walsh (BS Marketing 81), Chevron’s president for Americas Products, is accepting the award on behalf of Chevron, which has made both education and economic development top priorities for its social investments. Since 2009, Chevron’s California Partnership alone has helped create 1,700 jobs and benefitted more than 10,000 people, and the company views Golden Gate’s programs as mutually aligned in nurturing small business.
“At Chevron, we are committed to improving economic conditions in the communities where we operate,” says Walsh. “We are proud to support the entrepreneurial center at Golden Gate University and applaud its efforts for the growth and development of small businesses and entrepreneurs.”
This year alone, Chevron has pledged $300,000, to support the Entrepreneurial Center at the Ageno School of Business, bringing its contribution total to more than $1 million at GGU.
“It has been a nice, long relationship,” Walsh says. “We’ve had a series of executives, most recently Lydia Beebe (Chevron’s corporate secretary and chief governance officer) and now myself, who have served on the board of trustees at Golden Gate University.”
The late James Sylla, who was president of Chevron U.S.A. and chaired the board at GGU, has a memorial endowed scholarship there in his name, and Golden Gate awarded him an honorary degree posthumously.
With Chevron’s office towers on Market Street backing up to the alley behind GGU’s Mission Street campus, it was only natural that some Chevron employees would cross the alley to teach. But learning was a two-way alley: Others would take a class, enroll in certificate programs or even pursue an MBA. More than 200 took advantage of Chevron’s educational cost-sharing programs to earn degrees from GGU.