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University lands deal for Rancho site
Developer donates 200 acres as part of master-planned project
Sacramento Business Journal - June 15, 2007
by Kathy Robertson
Staff Writer
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The University of Sacramento hopes to begin construction as early as 2010.
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The nascent University of Sacramento has a new site for its full-scale residential campus.

After four years of planning for a private Catholic university at Mather Field, the Legion of Christ has landed a deal to go a few miles to the east -- possibly throwing a wrench in plans for a proposed master-planned community at the former Air Force base. The new campus is south of Highway 50 on a grassy hill just east of Grant Line Road in one of Sacramento County's few remaining spots suitable for a large master-planned community.

University officials are expected to announce today an agreement with landowner and developer Conwy LLC to build a 3 million-square-foot campus over the next 25 years on 200 donated acres in Cordova Hills. Conwy bought the 2,800-acre parcel four years ago for eventual development into thousands of homes, offices, schools and recreational space.

The donation is worth about $12 million.

In addition to the land donation, the property in Cordova Hills offers more buildable land than Mather and a nicer site, said the university's president, the Rev. Robert Presutti. Construction is expected to begin in 2010, with the first phase of the campus opening in fall 2012.

"We are happy to donate the 200 acres," said Ron Alvarado, Conwy's project executive for Cordova Hills. "This will be a tremendous legacy and opportunity for the Sacramento region," he said.

Ultimately, the university hopes to have 5,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students at two sites. A graduate program that opened in downtown Sacramento in 2005 now has 80 students.

The full campus could be a $1.2 billion bonanza for the area. Construction alone was expected to cost upwards of $350 million four years ago, with a ripple effect of a large local payroll from 2,800 new jobs and spending in the community by faculty, staff and students.

Development permits needed to accommodate the university could also propel the larger project, which is inside Sacramento County's urban services boundary, meaning that the land has been targeted by officials for eventual development. Vice versa, commercial and residential development by Conwy could accelerate full buildout of the university as amenities and housing draw faculty and students to the area.

"It will be a very positive step for Rancho Cordova to have a university, if not in our boundary, at least reasonably close by," said Mayor David Sander.

"It's great from an economic standpoint and we'll benefit from the quality of life that comes from having a university nearby."
Global network

The University of Sacramento is part of a global network of 15 universities operated by the Legion of Christ, a congregation of Catholic priests. The first, Anahuac University in Mexico City, opened in 1964.

The Legion evaluated cities throughout the United States for a potential American university campus for five years before it zeroed in on Sacramento in 2003. At the time, the region was one of the few big U.S. metro areas without a private university. William Jessup University, founded by evangelical Christians, moved to Rocklin from San Jose in 2002.

There's still plenty of demand.

California is projected to need an additional 700,000 higher education seats in the coming years to meet the needs of all its students, with a significant portion of the need focused in Northern California.

Once the Legion set its sights on Sacramento, talks began with Sacramento County officials about a 450-acre parcel at Mather Field that could house the university and a related commercial project. Plans went as far as a request for proposals from potential development partners for the site before a new offer from Conwy began to take shape.

The 200-acre site in Cordova Hills is better suited to the university's long-term vision, Presutti said. "It's on a beautiful knoll," he said, and the planned development is slated to have open space and biking trails in addition to residential, commercial and recreational space.

"It's a pretty piece of land and as the area continues to grow, the university can think creatively about what it needs," said Jonathan Brown, president of the Sacramento-based Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities. Two hundred acres is a good footprint for a university, Brown said. "Good sized" means 75 to 250 acres, he said. The University of the Pacific in Stockton has 150 acres.

University of Sacramento will bring an international presence to Sacramento's educational lineup, Brown said. A second master's degree program, the Global Leadership MBA, is expected to kick off downtown in September 2008. It will link with an internationally known MBA program in Mexico City and the Management Institute of Paris.
Tight schedule

Three years to campus ground breaking is a very aggressive timetable.

Conwy and other landowners with tentative designs on 6,000 acres east of Rancho Cordova city limits have filed to be part of the city's sphere of influence, but it's too early to tell whether the development will be annexed into the city or remain under county jurisdiction, Alvarado said. He's working with both.

The Conwy property has vernal pools and wetlands, but they could remain in the project as educational tools if the federal government and local planning officials agree to the notion, said Conwy spokeswoman Michelle Smira.

There are no plans to develop 413 acres outside the urban services boundary, including land north of the Kiefer landfill, Smira said. Conwy is in preliminary discussions with an adjacent landowner about purchasing another 846 acres north of the existing parcel, she added.

Grant Line Road is slated to become a major artery that connects Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove. That would be a boon for the university, which is expected to draw students from throughout the region and beyond.

"The development plan is conceptual," Alvarado said. "But the region has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a master-planned development with a university as a significant component."
Race out of the gate

The folks at Mather aren't giving up.

"We are disappointed University of Sacramento has decided to look elsewhere," said Sacramento County economic development director Paul Hahn. "We are much farther along in the entitlement process than where they are headed and we still hope to find a four-year private university to step into their shoes."

The county is talking to other "interested players," he said, declining to name schools.

Centex Homes, the development partner that participated in talks with the University of Sacramento and has exclusive negotiating rights with Sacramento County for a planned master development at Mather, says that project is much farther along.

"It's a race to see who gets it first," said Brian Bergfalk, vice president for land acquisition and entitlement at Centex Homes. "Infrastructure? Cordova Hills doesn't have any," he said.

Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli applauded the University of Sacramento for its decision to locate in the region and said the opening at Mather provides an opportunity for more.

"They need to look at all aspects of their decision to have a university here long term, and a private developer offered some favorable terms," Nottoli said.

As to Mather, the county is still working with Centex on development of the southeastern portion of the former Air Force base -- and will try to land another university, Nottoli said.

"If we can double up and get another, we're all the better for it."

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New university coming to Sacramento
University of Sacramento to enroll 7,000 students by 2035
Posted: 4/8/04
With plans to create a 7,000-student private university by 2035, the Legion of Christ, an international Roman Catholic congregation, has identified sites where officials plan to launch the University of Sacramento.

The Legion currently has universities in Spain, Italy, Mexico and Chile. The University of Sacramento will be the first full-fledged Legion university in the United States.

The University of Sacramento has subleased 400 square feet of office space at 1527 I St. in Sacramento and officials are currently in negotiations for up to 4,000 square feet at the site. The university's graduate school is slated to open in January 2005.

The university is also in the process of purchasing 300 acres at Mather Field, where founders foresee the construction of a full residential campus within the next three to four years. Officials with the county and university are optimistic about the location.

The county supports the idea of a new university in Sacramento, said Dave Norris, senior civil engineer for the department of economic development for the county.

Slated to offer master's programs in liberal arts and education, the graduate school will open first while the university awaits accreditation. The process generally takes four to five years and cannot begin until there are classes to assess.

"It's kind of a catch-22 situation," said Barry Sugarman, the university's vice president for business development. "You can't begin until you have students, but there are many students who would find it difficult to attend an unaccredited university."

The graduate school will enroll 15 to 20 students per program, with the ultimate goal of 2,000 total students. Founders also foresee the inclusion of both law and medical schools further down the road, Sugarman said.

He said that as a Catholic academic community whose primary mission is to prepare individuals for leadership in society, the university will offer a liberal arts core curriculum for undergraduates.

According to Sugarman, the university will offer a variety of majors in the liberal arts disciplines, as well as majors in fields of more immediate career preparation such as engineering, journalism and nursing.

"What we're talking about is a major university with a diversity of programs," he continued. "It will really be a full private university."

The decision to build in Sacramento came in 2002 after the completion of a market study that examined various factors, including demographics, business growth, real estate and the climate for educators.

"I think any growing city has a number of private universities to complement the great work that public universities are doing," said Father Robert Presutti of the Legion of Christ. "California has a well developed public university system, but we don't have the tradition of public universities."

In addition to expanding the region's art and culture environment, Sugarman said that he expects the university to have a huge positive economic impact on Sacramento County. In addition to the $500 million estimated for construction, Sugarman said that the university will provide new jobs for the area.

"It's bringing in the type of people that the area wants to see," Sugarman said. "We intend to recruit the best from around the country."

Additionally, Sugarman said that the new university will have a strong cultural impact on the region, adding to the arts and intellectual environment.

UC Davis officials do not expect the new university to affect admissions, said Darlene Hunter, associate director for undergraduate admissions.

"In the long term, having more universities in the Sacramento area is a positive step," said Jeffery Gibeling, UCD dean of graduate studies. "Rather than being competitive, I think it will add to the prestige of the area." © Copyright 2007 The California Aggie
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University of Sacramento laying groundwork for future campus
Leaders hiring instructors, developing fundraising plans at Catholic college
Sacramento Business Journal - July 6, 2007by Kelly JohnsonStaff writer
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Rev. Robert Presutti holds one of the university’s granite cornerstones, which were blessed by the late Pope John Paul II in Rome. The stones will become part of the foundation of the new campus.
View Larger University of Sacramento won't open its new 200-acre campus for another five years, but the private Catholic university is ramping up now.

The university is developing its team and strategies for raising the hundreds of millions of dollars it will need for the new campus south of Highway 50 in the proposed Cordova Hills development.

The school is about to hire its second full-time faculty member to complement its part-time instructors, more than half of whom fly in from around the country to teach their weekly classes. University of Sacramento also is adding to its program offerings and pursuing accreditation.

The university, which launched in January 2005, has much to do in coming years as it readies itself to make the leap from an easy-to-miss downtown office building with 80 graduate and certificate-program students to a full-fledged campus with ultimately 5,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students.

Observers and university leaders are confident about the end result.

The Legion of Christ, a congregation of Catholic priests, runs a global network of higher education and K-12 schools, including 14 universities it founded before coming to Sacramento. The group has expertise to establish the campus, contacts around the globe who can fund it and research showing student demand.

Kevin Starr, California's former state librarian and now a part-time instructor at University of Southern California's campus in Sacramento, advised the Legion of Christ as they set up shop in the capital.

The Legion members "are good business guys," he said. "They'll do this very soundly."

The fundraising team
In June, landowner and developer Conwy LLC agreed to give the university 200 acres on a grassy hill east of Grant Line Road for what is to become a 3 million-square-foot campus over the next 25 to 30 years. The university had considered land at Mather Field but decided this site offered more buildable land and a nicer location. The donation is worth about $12 million.

Ron Alvarado, Conwy's project executive for Cordova Hills, doesn't envision significant obstacles for the project.

"This is not a fledgling enterprise," said Alvarado, who has been impressed with the university leaders' fortitude, vision and eagerness to contribute to the Sacramento region.

University president Rev. Robert Presutti estimates the first phase of the campus -- which would include 250,000 square feet of buildings accommodating up to 1,500 students -- would cost $75 million to $100 million.

The campus would open with several hundred students in 2012 and grow to as many as 1,500 by 2020. Future phases would depend on student demand. University of Sacramento needs to raise hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 30 years.

As its first step toward building its fund-raising team, the university hired John Power, vice president for institutional advancement, formerly of Gonzaga University.

The university hasn't developed its capital campaign yet. It will start holding public events and will send out mailings and newsletters. The university will offer building naming rights and would consider structuring a deal with a developer that would build the dorms and lease them back to the school.

The university has conceptual master plans, but it must make the plans more concrete so it can estimate costs for the different phases, Presutti said. The Legion has potential donors around the world, he said. Much of the money, though, will be raised in California.

Teachers flying in
In more immediate actions, the university expects to soon hire its second full-time faculty member, someone to launch and lead the College of Business Administration. The university's sole full-time faculty member oversees the university's one program, the master's of arts in education.

The university will launch its second master's degree program, a global leadership MBA, in fall 2008. The university uses a couple of local instructors, but more than half are professors tenured at other universities who fly in. The approach works because University of Sacramento's students are working adults whose individual classes meet weekly in the evenings.

Abe Saadeh, a Roseville husband and father of three, attends class at the college at 16th and I streets in midtown Sacramento on Tuesday nights. Saadeh, who works in sales in the print industry and owns two Montessori schools, is pursuing a master's in education with an emphasis in theology and catechetics, or religious instruction. With his degree, he'll be able to teach at his parish or at a Catholic school or university.

Saadeh is typical of University of Sacramento's students. They work full time or are retired. Most are from Greater Sacramento, but one drives from Vacaville and another from Chico.

Most students are "40-ish," said Barry Sugarman, university executive vice president. They're teachers or volunteer instructors pursuing the 12-course master's degree or the six-course advanced certificate to advance in their careers. Others take the one-course certificate program to meet continuing education requirements. They pay $975 per course, cheaper than most private universities and more expensive than public universities. The university had its first two graduates in February.

One step at a time
The school expects to reach 100 students by the end of the year. The university's rented downtown space can accommodate a couple of hundred students. Even when the main campus debuts in five years, Presutti wants to continue with a downtown presence. Later, the university may look for more space downtown.

The university will roll out its undergraduate program with the opening of the new campus in 2012 and will have its core teaching staff in place by 2009, Presutti said. University leaders envision offering such fields of study as law, medical, nursing, engineering and music, as well as providing continuing education. The university will have intercollegiate and intramural sports programs, Presutti said, as part of providing for a well-rounded education.

Among the university's many tasks as it prepares for the new campus is accreditation. It's a long process of research and submitting paperwork -- one that could take five to 10 years, Presutti said.

University leaders will get it all done, several observers said.

"If you base the future on the past, they've done a marvelous job thinking about how to build a university," said Jonathan Brown, president of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities.

The Public Policy Institute of California recently found that the state isn't producing enough college graduates to meet work force needs. California is importing its way out of the shortage, but that's not sustainable. University of Sacramento will help California build capacity, Brown said.

For this region, observers said the full-sized University of Sacramento offers much: $1.2 billion from construction to payroll to new spending in the community by faculty, staff and students; more prestige; and well-educated employees.

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University receives business accreditation
Sacramento Business Journal - 12:49 PM PDT Monday, July 23, 2007by Kelly JohnsonStaff writer
University of Phoenix, which has four local centers but does not disclose enrollment, has received accreditation for its business programs.

The college announced Monday that it received accreditation for its business programs from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. Only a quarter of all business schools earn program accreditation from one of the two business schools accrediting organizations.
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Sac State buys CalSTRS building for $35.3M
Sacramento Business Journal - 2:44 PM PDT Monday, July 23, 2007by Mark AndersonStaff writer
A non-profit auxiliary of California State University Sacramento bought the California State Teachers' Retirement System building for $35.3 million, it was announced Monday.

The fund's headquarters building at 7667 Folsom Blvd. is close to the campus, and it gives the university space to expand. The 188,000-square-foot building will eventually house academic and auxiliary programs. The building was bought by University Enterprises Inc.

The pension fund will lease back the space for the next two years as it awaits its move to a new building under construction now in West Sacramento.

The pension fund was assisted in its purchase by broker Bruce Hohenhaus of Colliers International.
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Sac State's campus is like a microcosm of sprawl: placed at the edge of town, not at its heart, with lots of low-slung buildings of relatively uninspired design. I mean, it's a fine school, (I'm a student there) but jeez, it's a task to cross from one end to the other! Now, I know there are larger university campuses, but CSUS is so large it's almost unwalkable. It's not quite the giant beast that is UC Davis, or the city unto itself that USC is, but it's close.

I was impressed by a couple of university campuses in the midwest (in Illinois and Wisconsin) that were based in a handful of mid to high buildings in the space of one or two city blocks. While part of the reason for this is no doubt the practical aspects (being able to get from one class to another without putting on three layers of clothing and braving Chicago's horrifying winter weather more often than absolutely necessary) it seems like it would make sense to keep things kind of tightly together.

Of course, I did my undergrad at a relatively small school (HSU) so maybe that skews my perspective.
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UC Davis art school receives $1M
Sacramento Business Journal - 11:51 AM PDT Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The University of California Davis art department has received a $1 million donation, the largest in the department's history.

Freedmond "Pete" Gadberry left the school $1 million in his estate to support art students. The department, which has faced budget shortfalls in recent years, will use the gift to establish an endowment to offer continued monetary support for students.

"Having this gift from Pete Gadberry fall in our laps was amazing for us," said Lucy Puls, art department chair, in a news release. "This level of support with distinguish the program by providing support for our best students for decades and decades to come. Gadberry's generosity will leave a legacy in its impact on UC Davis' venerable art program."

Gadberry earned his master's degree in fine arts from UC Davis in 1967. He later taught fine arts at Napa's Vintage High School. He died in June 2006.

Before his death, Gadberry told UC Davis assistant dean of college relations and development Maureen Miller the art program left an impact on his life. "He told me, 'The art department was a place of great experimentation and freedom. I never forgot how much I liked that atmosphere at UC Davis and how important it was to me,'"' Miller said.
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The University of Sacramento has a vision to become a major private university in the Sacramento region with ties to a global network of universities opened by a group of Catholic priests known as the Legionaries of Christ.

The university is Sacramento’s first private and Catholic university. It is now operating out of a small campus in a downtown Sacramento office building but it has big plans for the future.

The university recently accepted a donation of 200 acres in an area known as Cordova Hills off Grantline Road. The goal is to break ground in 2010 and eventually welcome 5,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students to new facilities.

The university is of Catholic inspiration, but open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. It is fully approved by the State of California and is also seeking accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

News10's Jennifer Smith details the university's plans in her Upclose report linked above.
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Drexel University considers Placer County campus
Sacramento Business Journal - 10:54 AM PDT Monday, August 6, 2007
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Drexel University, the nation's 16th-largest private university with more than 20,000 students, is considering Placer County for a new campus.

Drexel president Constantine Papadakis recently discussed the idea with county leaders and toured a site west of Roseville that a group led by the Tsakopoulos family would donate for the school.

The campus would be built on 600 acres next to about 500 acres that could be developed for housing to finance the four-year university. The land for Drexel would be donated by the Tsakopoulos family, William and Claudia Cummings, Wayne and Mary Prim and their partners.

The project will be reviewed first by the Placer County Planning Commission.

"The opportunity to help create a university in Greater Sacramento -- one of the fastest-growing areas in the country -- is extraordinary," Papadakis said in a news release Monday. "We continually look for ways to expand the outreach of our unique brand of higher education."

Julie Hanson, the KT Communities project manager for the proposed regional university, said Papadakis has accomplished much in Philadelphia.

"In his tenure at Drexel, Dr. Papadakis has brought dynamic leadership and vision to the institution," Hanson said. "He has doubled full-time undergraduate enrollment, increased freshmen applications from 3,500 to 21,500, and increased the university's endowment from $90 million to $640 million."

Founded in 1891, Drexel is a doctoral research university recognized for its focus on cooperative education and technology. It operates the nation's largest private medical school. With more than 5,500 employees, the university is Philadelphia's sixth-largest employer.

"The excitement Dr. Papadakis expressed about having Drexel establish a university here in Placer County was contagious," said Sylvia Besana, a longtime Roseville educator, community leader and a member of the Regional University Committee. "Everything he had to say was important to me and the people in this area. Wouldn't it be a wonderful opportunity for our students to have such an outstanding university to attend right here in our community?"

"I am excited about the possibility of increasing the availability of higher education opportunities to our students in Placer County," said Gayle Garbolino-Mojica, Placer County Superintendent of Schools. "I was impressed with the quality and number of the academic programs that Drexel offers. It would be a nice complement to other institutions we have or will have so our students will have a broader choice of higher education institutions."

Drexel isn't the first university to be courted for the site.

The Catholic order Christian Brothers withdrew its proposal in 2005 for a four-year private college called De La Salle because it was concerned that slow county approval of the project would increase development costs.

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So the University of Sacramento won't be part of the UC system?
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So the University of Sacramento won't be part of the UC system?
Correct, it will not be a UC. It is a private Catholic University.
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Sac State's campus is like a microcosm of sprawl: placed at the edge of town, not at its heart, with lots of low-slung buildings of relatively uninspired design. I mean, it's a fine school, (I'm a student there) but jeez, it's a task to cross from one end to the other! Now, I know there are larger university campuses, but CSUS is so large it's almost unwalkable.
From my experiences at other campuses comparable to CSUS in enrollment, I find it to be fairly walkable. At a brisk pace I could get across one side to another in about 15 minutes. As for its location Sac state is only 60 years old so its not like there were huge swaths of land in downtown on the cheap back when it was being planned like many of the older universities back east or in the midwest. Your right about the uninspired design. The original buildings on campus look like they were built for about as cheap as possible. Sac city college looks upscale by comparision. It's hard to believe that the area has only had a 4 year university for 60 years. What the heck happened? Talk about your brain drain. Hmmm.. no wonder we have zero fortune 500 companies in the area.
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Higher education on the west coast is pretty new all around: universities like Stanford and USC are among the oldest but are only about 120 years old, prior to that the wealthy sent their kids east to go to school. Sacramento was a pretty small place until the post-WWII period, both geographically and in population, and primarily an industrial town (packing vegetables, building locomotives, and putting vegetables onto trains) so there wasn't a great need. I'd imagine that proximity to colleges in Davis (originally set up as an agronomy school with funding from Southern Pacific) and Berkeley also reduced earlier need for a four-year college.

And yeah, Sac City looks better, at least in spots: they built better-looking buildings in the twenties and thirties than the fifties and sixties.
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Transform the world,’ Catholic university’s 1st graduating class told

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Catholic Online) – Go out and transform the world, said the head of a Catholic university at a commencement ceremony for its first graduation class.

During the Jan. 25 evening event, Father Robert Presutti, president of the University of Sacramento here, said that just five years ago the new Catholic university, the first such institution in the United States founded by the Legionaries of Christ, had no name, no location, no programs or no students.

Three years ago, Father Presutti recalled, the university had the vision, a home and a name. Today, he noted, the university has a campus, a master’s degree program, students, international tours, community events and graduates.

The university's first program, a Masters of Arts in Education with a strong focus on catechetics, began two years ago with 40 students. It has grown to its present 80 students, and now includes two catechetical certificate programs. The university, part of a global network of Legion universities in countries including Mexico, Chile, Spain and Italy, will launch a second master's degree program in the fall of 2007.

During the ceremony, Father Presutti cast a vision for the institution’s future: “a university of 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom will be residing on a beautifully master planned 200-acre campus … professors dedicated not only to research but to mentoring their students … and students … capable of challenging the human condition to think more deeply, commit more profoundly to the ethical recasting of our culture … to create a civilization of justice and peace..”

Bishop William K. Weigand, of Sacramento, Calif., recalled his unrealized dream of a university when he was bishop of Salt Lake City.

Noting that he retained the same dream when he came to Sacramento in 1994, Bishop Weigand expressed his happiness that the first fruits of his dream, an institution of higher learning dedicated to profoundly impacting the world, was now becoming a reality.
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Sitting in a small office in a modest three-story building in busy downtown Sacramento, Calif., Barry Suggarman envisions a sprawling, tree-lined 450-acre university campus filled with 5,000 of the best students from around the country.

Adjacent to the campus is a small university village with shops, retailers and other services. To top it off, Mass is celebrated each day in a splendid campus chapel, and the Catholic faith permeates every classroom.

Some may call it a dream, but Sugarman, executive vice president of the University of Sacramento, calls it a plan whose time has come. And he has the studies, blueprints and funding to make it a reality.

The university, run by the Legionaries of Christ, began classes last January on one floor of that modest three-story building in the California capital, with graduate-level courses in education and liberal arts. Twenty degree students are enrolled, and all teachers work part-time. It’s a small but necessary step, says Sugarman, toward accreditation — and the building of a reputation for academic excellence.

The next big step will be to purchase land for the campus on a former Air Force base on the outskirts of Sacramento. According to Sugarman, a developer has put together a group of investors to buy and build on the property.

In addition, the university already has 6,000 ordinary donors who send regular contributions, large and small.

“Right now the county is doing an analysis of the property and will report how many buildable acres will be made available,” Sugarman said. “After that, we’ll be ready to buy.”

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Legionary Father Robert Presutti, the university’s president, said that the University of Sacramento is the first multi-discipline institution of higher education in the United States run by the Legionaries, which has U.S. houses of formation and seminaries as well as numerous apostolates and outreach programs for young people and families.

The congregation was founded in the 1940s in Mexico and now has headquarters in Rome.
The Legionaries of Christ have founded 14 universities since opening the Anahuac University in Mexico City in 1964. Besides the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Va., they currently direct nine universities in Mexico, one in Santiago, Chile and one in Madrid, Spain, as well as the Regina Apostolorum and the European University in Rome.

“Wherever we are established in the world, we consider higher education a key component of our work,” says Father Presutti. “It has always been a goal for us to open a university in the United States.”

Plans for the school began coming together almost 10 years ago, accelerating in 2000 when a $1 million seed donation came through. Sacramento was chosen because of the area’s demographics, which suggest that California will need 700,000 more higher-education seats in the next decade.

Then, too, there’s the fact that the capital city does not have a major private college or university.

Plans are to make the school a nationally ranked university that will attract students not just for adherence to Church teachings but also for academic excellence and contributions to high-level scholarship.

Key to the project has been the enthusiastic support of Sacramento Bishop William Weigand. In a July 2002 letter approving the establishment of the university, he wrote: “I have for quite some time been palpably concerned at the lack of a Catholic college or university within the metropolitan area of a diocese of our size. The Catholic population is growing even more swiftly than the general population, yet the nearest Catholic college or university is 100 miles away.”

He also wrote to the Catholics of his diocese, urging them to enroll in the new master’s programs. The education course includes certification in religious education for use in Catholic schools and parish catechetics.

Dan Cairns, 47, a financial planner, enrolled in the education course because he wanted to learn to spread the faith and engage the secular culture.

“I have a great interest in teaching the faith to adults so they in turn can teach their children,” says Cairns, who is married and has three school-age children. “It’s very clear to me that we’re involved in a culture war and, for too long, I’ve been sitting on the sidelines.”

How will the university grow from a few dozen students meeting in a downtown office building to a sprawling campus with thousands of students?

Demographer’s Delight

The growth will be gradual, says Sugarman, who has a doctorate in education from Columbia University in New York City. A major study commissioned by the university indicates that the growth in population and the number of Catholics in the area add up to a ripe evangelizing and educational opportunity.
“Because the public colleges and universities in California are so good, there is a lack of private institutions of high learning in the state,” he notes. “The demand for seats in the best public universities far exceeds the number of seats, and all demographic factors point toward a sharp increase in demand over the next decade.”

The University of Sacramento will fill the need for quality higher education in the state, he says. As a nationally ranked university, it stands to draw students from all around the country.

“It will be a gradual process, but we’re committed to the task,” Sugarman says, adding that an “insistence on deep and strong growth in our faculty and student body … will give us a reputation not only for commitment to Catholicism but to academic strength that even non-Catholics will want.”

“There is no conflict between academic excellence and the Catholic faith,” Father Presutti points out. “In fact, the two are inseparable. Faith and reason are complementary and even necessary for one another. At the University of Sacramento you find both in harmony.”

Stephen Vincent writes from
Wallingford, Connecticut.
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U of Sac hires its first business school dean
$1.5M gift helps pave way for startup university's program
Sacramento Business Journal - September 21, 2007
by Kelly Johnson - Staff writer

University of Sacramento has hired a dean to launch and lead its new business program and has announced a $1.5 million gift that will pay for the post.

Declan Murphy, who has long led entrepreneurial startups and has an impressive résumé in executive and higher education, started at the new Sacramento Catholic university last month, becoming only the second full-time faculty member at the private school. Murphy will hold the Mary S. Carey endowed chair for the College of Business Administration. The college launches in fall 2008 with a global leadership master's of business administration program.

University of Sacramento is scheduled to announce Monday the hiring of Murphy and the $1.5 million endowment from J. Christopher Donahue, president and chief executive of Pittsburgh-based Federated Investors Inc., and his wife, Ann Carey Donahue. The chair is in honor of Ann's mother.

The $1.5 million for an endowed chair is a sizable gift for any university, and particularly for a small startup college. It's a "very significant vote of support from the benefactor," said Barry Sugarman, University of Sacramento's executive vice president.

University of Sacramento courted Murphy for the job for nine months. "He's precisely the individual we wanted," Sugarman said.

Murphy helped found a business school in Paris and has worked with leaders of corporations and governments from around the world through his work designing and teaching executive education courses for private- and public-sector clients. Those contacts will be invaluable for the university's global MBA program, Sugarman said.

Murphy also brings professional training melded with a good liberal arts background, said the Rev. Robert Presutti, university president.

Launched in 2005, the university operates downtown with 80 graduate and certificate-program students. In June, landowner and developer Conwy LLC agreed to give the university 200 acres south of Highway 50 in the proposed Cordova Hills development. Now the university, operated as part of a network of higher education and K-12 schools by a congregation of Catholic priests, must raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the campus it plans to open in five years.

The task of building a business department from scratch is "daunting some days," Murphy said, but it also is a challenge that exhilarates him. "This is a chance to build a university from the ground up and do it right," he said.

He hopes to launch the global MBA program in one year with 40 students and with visiting and adjunct professors who later could transition into full-time faculty. The global MBA students will spend their first semester studying business fundamentals in Sacramento, and then the program takes them to study in Mexico, East Asia and Europe. They'll graduate in Paris. Later, the business school will offer undergraduate and executive education programs.

Murphy will propose to the university board that he launch a College of Business and Public Administration -- adding the public administration portion because executives, he said, often shuttle back and forth over their career from the private and public sectors.

One big challenge he'll have with the business school, he said, is helping it develop its own niche or identity that will cause students to choose this university over others. Part of his strategy to make this program appealing is to have a strong job placement network throughout the United States and world. The Legion of Christ's network of 15 universities will help in that. Murphy also expects to hold a series of research conferences at the university, including one examining the role of business schools in society.

Murphy has much to offer the University of Sacramento, including risk-taking, tenacity and a sense of humor, said Benoit Arnaud, business school dean at the Management Institute of Paris.

At that school, Murphy "offered a truly innovative training and development vision for executives," Arnaud said. As associate dean for international programs, Murphy "developed an exciting new approach to MBA education tailored to meet the challenges of today's global business environment. He is very efficient in identifying the needs and knowledge requirements of corporations, with a strong humanistic focus."
Declan Murphy

Title: Dean of University of Sacramento's College of Business Administration
Age: 56
Past experience: Director, Center for Global Leadership within the Federal Executive Institute; visiting professor at and co-founder of Management Institute of Paris; president and CEO, Impresarios Ltd., an executive education and project management outsourcing firm
Education: Doctorate in history, Princeton University; MBA, The Wharton School; Junior research fellow, Harvard University; Danforth fellow, Cambridge University; bachelor's in Slavic languages and literature, Fordham University
Personal: Relocated to midtown Sacramento with his wife, Molly Pyle, from Charlottesville, Va.; has two adult sons; grew up in Manhattan
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I haven't seen a link to the proposed sports complex at sac state so I thought I would go ahead and post..


Good renderings of the different components plus a web cam of the new student dorms and the Broad field house. The field house is the first component of the complex to get the go ahead and start construction. It will be a great boost to the athletic program as the existing gym and training facilities for sports and general student use are woefully antiquated from the original university construction.
Damn you Robert Horry!!!
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