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Jeffrey Van Harte ’80 (B.A. business administration-finance) is a fervent supporter of Cal State Fullerton, and his impact can be seen in nearly every college on campus.

With visionary support, the chairman and chief investment officer at Jackson Square Partners LLC launched Titan Capital Management, a program that provides students with hands-on investing experience. He also served as chair and has been active on CSUF’s philanthropic board since 2010.

The reason for Van Harte’s deep involvement with his alma mater is simple: He credits the university with shaping him and helping him achieve success in his career.

Believing public universities are an important part of addressing economic disparity and offer the American dream of equal opportunity, Van Harte is troubled by the drastic decline in state funding for schools.

He is on a new mission to emphasize the importance of giving to public institutions like Cal State Fullerton. “Private universities have an established culture of alumni giving back, and it’s time we start a new culture of giving back to our public institutions.”

Van Harte adds, “CSUF students are generally hardworking kids, and the majority are the first in their families to attend college. COVID-19 has made their struggles even greater.

“The university achieves so much with the resources it has, but this is where our alumni and the private sector must help. Titan Capital Management, for example, increased its typical $30,000 distribution to $80,000 this year to help with the staggering needs amid the pandemic.”

To make a gift to Cal State Fullerton’s first-ever comprehensive philanthropic campaign, contact University Advancement at 657-278-5287 or