January 29, 2023
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A CSU turf war over an MBA program


Dick Rush is not a fan of Cal Poly’s plan to study the possibility of setting up an MBA program in or around Santa Barbara.

Rush, president of California State University Channel Islands, has put a lot of time and fundraising muscle behind the Martin V. Smith School of Business.

He’s been wooing donors and building relationships in Santa Barbara, where Channel Islands, located near Camarillo, boasts growing relationships with Cottage Hospital and Santa Barbara City College. To raise his profile, Rush recently joined the board of the influential Channel City Club.

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