As state support continues to decline, UCLA’s margin of excellence rests more and more in the hands of private philanthropists. Through the UCLA Foundation, generous donors participate in building, sustaining and advancing the university.
The foundation is governed by a board of directors that enhances and grows UCLA’s assets to yield maximum impact. Board members are community visionaries, comprising business leaders and highly successful entrepreneurs. They share their expertise, influence and financial resources with the university, advise the chancellor and advocate on behalf of UCLA.
Maurice M. Salter, a two-time UCLA graduate who heads an education and consumer finance company, is the current chair, succeeding Betsy Wood Knapp.
Salter, who founded and co-founded several companies focusing on educational consulting for college admission and financial aid, computerizing admissions applications, education finance and consumer finance, holds a doctorate in higher education from UCLA. A devoted UCLA volunteer for many years, Salter and his wife, Jasha, also a UCLA graduate, have provided philanthropic support to a number of areas of campus, especially the Chancellor’s Greatest Needs Fund.
Maurice M. Salter
“I am honored to serve in this leadership role as we seek to enable students, faculty and the larger community to realize the promise of UCLA,” said Salter.
The board’s newest members, Meyer Luskin and Melissa Parker Draper, were recently elected by the UCLA Foundation to serve as directors.
Luskin, president, CEO and chairman of Scope Industries, received a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA in 1949 and has remained passionate about the university’s role as a public resource and agent for social mobility. With his wife, Renee, also a UCLA graduate, he has generously provided philanthropic support across the campus. In 2008, a gift from the Luskins enabled the establishment of the Luskin Center for Innovation.
Most recently, the Luskins donated $100 million to be divided among the School of Public Affairs, the College of Letters and Science, and a planned residential conference center. The school and the center will bear the Luskins’ name.
“UCLA is among the greatest universities in the world, and it gave me my start,” Meyer Luskin said. “It’s essential that I give back so that others can enjoy the same benefits.”
Northern California resident Melissa Parker Draper, a public relations professional, is the parent of three Bruins and serves on the UCLA Parents Council. Committed to arts and education, she established the Draper Digital Media Program and Draper Advance Project Fund at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. With her husband, Tim, she has also provided support to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of the Arts and Architecture, and the UCLA Fund.
Melissa Parker Draper
“I look forward to being part of this UCLA Foundation board,” she said, “as it continues
UCLA’s evolution as the dominant world brand in education.”
The UCLA Foundation, established in 1945, is a separately incorporated 501(c)(3) organization with net assets totaling $1.6 billion (as of Dec. 31, 2010). To learn more, see this website.