Former Hughes Electronics Vice Chairman Steve Dorfman in October signed his name to the largest single gift in the history of Cal Lutheran, pledging $6 million toward the construction of a building for the School of Management. The two-story, 27,000-square-foot Steven D. Dorfman Center will bring most School of Management faculty offices and classrooms together under one roof for the first time. Dorfman recognized that as a need during his service for several years on the school’s Advisory Council.
“I’ve always been interested in education, and I saw an opportunity for me to make a significant difference at Cal Lutheran by sponsoring an attractive new School of Management building located right in the center, centralizing operations and enhancing the look and feel of the campus,” said Dorfman, who lives across the street in University Village Thousand Oaks. “This will enable the School of Management to move to the next level and on its way to become one of the leading business schools on the West Coast.”
During his time at Hughes, Dorfman served as CEO of Hughes Space and Communications Co., Hughes Telecommunications and Space, and Hughes Communications. He directed the landing of five probes on Venus and helped to create DirecTV.
Dorfman has served on corporate boards of Hughes, Raytheon and other companies and on advisory committees to NASA, the Air Force, the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Transportation, among others. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and received NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award. After his retirement in 1999, he taught as a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
With Dorfman’s gift and about $500,000 already committed from other donors, Cal Lutheran has begun public fundraising and planning. The campaign is running alongside the ongoing effort to bring in the final dollars for the $34 million Swenson Science Center, which will open in the fall of 2020.