September 22, 2023
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Street Smarts: CSUCI to rename building for former president Rush


Former CSUCI President Richard Rush, center right, accepts a plaque from the CSU trustees marking their decision to name a building at CSUCI after him. Current CSUCI President Richard Yao is at center left. (courtesy photo)

CSU Channel Islands will rename one of its most prominent buildings after Richard Rush, who was president of the campus for its first 15 years.

Rush was president of the campus from June 2001, a year before it welcomed its first students, until he retired in 2016.

Now the campus’ University Hall will become Richard R. Rush Hall in his honor, CSUCI said in a June 1 news release. The renaming is accompanied by $1 million in donations made in Rush’s honor.

The decision was made May 24 by a committee of the CSU Board of Trustees. The vote to approve the change was unanimous, “after which the room broke out in applause,” CSUCI said in its news release.

“My name will be on the building, but the credit for creating Cal State Channel Islands belongs to the faculty and the students and the staff who took the dream of over four decades in Ventura County and turned it into a reality,” Rush told the trustees. “And so, with your permission, I accept this honor in their name because they are the ones who deserve the credit.”


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