photo of donor Don Beall

Beall Family Accelerates $4 Million Gift Commitment to SJSU

photo of donor Don Beall

Don Beall

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Distinguished alumnus Don Beall and his wife Joan Beall have completed a $4 million gift commitment to the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San Jose State University. This lead gift in SJSU’s comprehensive fundraising campaign created the university’s first endowed deanship, the Don Beall Dean of Engineering.

“We are ever so grateful to Don and Joan Beall for their generosity and foresight,” said SJSU President Don W. Kassing. “With his support, San Jose State will continue offering our students leading edge engineering and science programs that are crucial to the innovation and entrepreneurial process in Silicon Valley and beyond.”

Engineering Dean Belle Wei is using the gift to materialize high-impact strategic initiatives and programs in the areas of student and faculty development, leading-edge engineering, innovation and globalization. Don Beall earned a B.S. in metallurgical engineering in 1960 from SJSU. He retired from Rockwell in 1998 after a 30-year career, during which he served ten as president, and the final ten as chairman and CEO.

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San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 29,000 students and 3,190 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.