A Magazine from California State University, ChicoSpring 2012 Issue

Committed to Diversity

Thor Maydole and Connie Barr

Thor Maydole (BA, Social Science, ’67) and Connie Barr, both retired schoolteachers, have a long history of supporting diversity in public education. To extend the vision at CSU, Chico, they created a donor-advised fund supporting the goals expressed in the University’s Diversity Action Plan.

As a middle school teacher in the early 1980s, Thor mentored students in Oregon, drafting Racism Free Zone documents. Those documents, inspired by the civil rights movement, still serve as the foundation for more than 150 schools in the region.

Now retired in the Eugene area, Thor and Connie visit Chico frequently, staying near Bidwell Park and attending Laxson performances and other campus events. Their connection with CSU, Chico has deepened through their work with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

“We strongly support public education,” notes Thor. “We realize any contributions can move the University forward. Chico State helped transform me, and we want to play a small part in giving others that gift.”

The donor-advised fund allows Thor and Connie to direct their philanthropy to various areas of need, and helps them make contributions when and how it best fits their financial goals. You can create a donor-advised fund or discuss other planned contributions by contacting the Office of Planned Giving at 877-862-4426 or e-mailing Gary Salberg at gsalberg@csuchico.edu.

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John Concannon

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CONCANNON (BS, Business Administration, ’85) is a fourth-generation vintner at Concannon Vineyard.

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Tanja Poley

Tanja Poley

(BS, Business Administration, ’94) is the human resources manager for the News & Review, headquartered in Sacramento.

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Kathy Crusco

Kathy Crusco

(BS, Business Administration, ’87) is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Epicor Software Corporation.

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