The dedication of the Jack & Julie Nadel School of Business & Entrepreneurship at Santa Barbara City College took place last week on SBCC’s West Campus. The dedication featured a private reception, brief program and a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly remodeled lobby of the Business & Communications building.
Santa Barbara City College and the SBCC Foundation commemorated Julie Nadel for her generous pledge of $1 million to SBCC. The SBCC Foundation will use this gift to support the highest needs of programs and initiatives of all academic disciplines that comprise the Jack & Julie Nadel School of Business & Entrepreneurship.
“I am thrilled to honor Jack’s groundbreaking business legacy by fostering future generations of entrepreneurs here at Santa Barbara City College,” says Julie Nadel. Her late husband’s impressive career as a global entrepreneur spanned seven decades.
Jack and Julie shared a longstanding commitment to education and philanthropy, and she says, “The Jack & Julie Nadel School of Business & Entrepreneurship will fulfill our mission to help others succeed in life. The creation of a physical incubator space, combined with outstanding teachers and programs, will support a magnificent business school where ideas will take flight to benefit future generations.”
The lobby of the Business and Communications building is now a student-centric and multipurpose area, with shared study, incubation and event space. The design is from Dawn Ziemer of KBZ Architects, and the renovations include new furniture, fixtures and cosmetic updates.
“This gift is a remarkable demonstration of Julie Nadel’s generosity, leadership, and confidence in the educational excellence of SBCC,” says Geoff Green, CEO of the SBCC Foundation. “This endowment will fuel a world-class business and entrepreneurship school that honors Jack Nadel’s legacy.”
SBCC President Anthony E. Beebe says, “Jack’s contributions to the entrepreneurial community helped lay the groundwork for SBCC’s practical approach to business education. His legacy will live on and his values will be instilled in our students through this generous donation. The example set forth by the Nadels will impart wisdom and inspiration to SBCC’s future entrepreneurs and business students. What a wonderful gift to the Santa Barbara community!”
The endowment supports all of the business disciplines at SBCC, which include: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Law, Real Estate, Management, Entrepreneurship, Computer Information Systems, Computer Applications, Finance, International Business, Marketing and the experiential offerings of the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship.
These programs provide a quality business and entrepreneurship education steeped in practical and real-world applications. With the help of philanthropists such as Jack and Julie Nadel, students are inspired and encouraged to stretch beyond their own expectations and reach success.