October 1, 2022 has been declared Knauss School of Business Day in the City of San Diego, the office of San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria ’00 (BA) announced last Saturday. during a grand opening celebration for the Knauss Center for Business Education.
“The mayor is a proud alumnus of USD and it was wonderful to have him announced as Knauss School of Business Day,” USD President James T. Harris III, DEd, said after the event .
The evening ceremony featured several speeches, a stunning laser light show projected onto the building’s front facade, and guided tours of the new facility, which was inaugurated as the new home of the Knauss School of Business after of one ribbon cutting ceremony on the 4th of August. In attendance were USD trustees, trustees, donors, community partners, mayoral representatives and, of course, Don and Ellie Knauss.
University of San Diego Board Chairman Don Knauss, the former CEO of Clorox, and his wife, Ellie, donated $50 million not only to finance the construction of the new 120,000 facility square feet, but also to name the Knauss School of Business.
“Don and Ellie, we are honored to have the Knauss name on this beautiful new building, as well as on our business school,” Harris said during his speech. “We thank you for your generosity and, more importantly, your commitment and belief in the power of education to change lives and society.”
“Tonight is the culmination of Don and my fundamental belief that education is the great equalizer,” said Ellie Knauss.
— USD News Center