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Dr. Milton A. Gordon


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Dr. Milton A. Gordon Obituary
May 25, 1935 - April 18, 2017 Dr. Milton A. Gordon, who became the fourth president of California State University, Fullerton in August 1990, passed away April 18 at the age 81. The longest-serving president in Cal State Fullerton history, he spent more than 21 years leading it into prominence as one of the nation's most inclusive senior institutions of higher learning. He strengthened student recruitment and retention programs and forged new partnerships with public and private entities. During his administration, Cal State Fullerton grew from serving 25,600 students to more than 36,000 and increased the number of academic degree programs from 91 to 104, including establishing a doctorate in education program, one of the first in the 23-campus CSU system. More than 128,000 academic degrees were awarded during his tenure, propelling the overall number of CSUF graduates past 200,000 by 2010. He presided over the largest construction period in the university's history - more than $636 million worth of new and revitalized facilities, adding 22 buildings. Under his leadership, CSUF opened satellites in Santa Ana and Garden Grove and established a branch campus in Mission Viejo, then relocated it to Irvine. During his tenure, the ethnic makeup of the student population grew increasingly more diverse. In the fall of 1990, 59 percent of those enrolled were white, and 31 percent were minorities. At the time of his retirement in 2012, the percentages had reversed, with students of color constituting 57 percent of those enrolled and whites 30 percent. His other leadership posts included: chairing the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities and serving on HACU's Governing Board of Directors; National ROTC Program Subcommittee, U.S. Army; NCAA Division I President's Advisory Group; American Association of Colleges & Universities Grants Resource Center and Stewards in Place II Committee; American Council on Education's Commission on International Initiatives; and boards of the Orange County Business Council, Pacific Symphony Orchestra and World Affairs Council. His previous posts: Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mathematics, Sonoma State University: Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Mathematics, Chicago State University; Project Director, Title III of the Strengthening Development Institutions Program, HEW, Chicago State University; Director of the Afro-American Studies Program, Chicago's Loyola University; Associate Professor of Mathematics, Loyola University; Mathematics Instructor, Illinois Institute of Technology; elementary and secondary school teacher, Chicago Public School System; and Mathematician, Laboratory of Applied Sciences at the University of Chicago. His academic degrees: Ph.D. in Mathematics, Illinois Institute of Technology; M.A. in Mathematics, University of Detroit; B.S. in Mathematics and Secondary Education, Xavier University of Louisiana. He is survived by his widow, Dr. Margaret Faulwell Gordon; sons, Patrick, Michael and Vincent; his sister, Dolores Gordon; and grandchildren, Nathan, Chesney, and Rabiah. Funeral services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, St. Juliana Falconieri Church, 1316 N. Acacia Ave., Fullerton.  In lieu of flowers, send donations to the President Emeritus Milton A. Gordon Memorial Fund (account #99079). Checks payable to: CSF Philanthropic Foundation. Mail to: CSF Philanthropic Foundation at 2600 Nutwood Ave., Suite 850 Fullerton, CA, 92831. Or donate online: https://giving.fullerton.edu/giving.aspx?szAccount_no=99079.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 22 to Apr. 24, 2017
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