Since its opening on September 23, 1991, Jack H. Brown Hall currently houses the College of Business & Public Administration, the Department of Mathematics, and the Department of Computer Sciences. The CSU Board of Trustees was pleased to announce the naming of the building after Jack H. Brown in recognition of his many years of involvement and support to CSUSB, surrounding communities, and country.
Jack Brown generously pledged $1 million toward building enhancements in 1992 – the largest donation received by the university at the time and the first building on campus to be named in acknowledgement of a significant donation. Jack Brown is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Stater Bros. Markets and is regarded as one of California's leading businessmen. Since serving in the Supermarket Industry for almost 60 years, Jack was at the helm as Stater Bros. Markets became Southern California's largest privately owned and locally owned Supermarket Chain. Stater Bros. Markets now employs over 18,000 employees with 166 Supermarkets serving the Southern California area.
In addition to Jack's leadership in the Supermarket Industry, he has a passion to invest in future business leaders through the establishment of student scholarships and is an avid supporter of CSUSB's Coyote Athletics. The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration recognized Jack as the first recipient of the "Arrowhead Distinguished Chief Executive Officer Award" in 1990. He has received countless awards distinguishing him as the "Inland Empire Entrepreneur of the Year", "Business Leader of the Year", "Retailer of the Year", and "Citizen of the Year" along with the "Semper Fidelis" award on behalf of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the "White Rag" from the YMCA, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society award, and the Patriot award, the highest award the Congressional Medal of Honor Society can bestow upon an individual, and many, many more.
As a native of San Bernardino, California, Jack's Supermarket Career began as a Box Boy at Berk's Market Spot in San Bernardino at the age of 13, following the death of his father. Later, he went on to study at San Bernardino Valley College, San Jose State University, and UCLA where he majored in business administration. Then, as a Navy Veteran, Jack served on active duty with the Pacific Fleet of the United State Navy.
Jack Brown's deep commitment to his community and country is an inspiration to the thousands of students who study in Jack H. Brown Hall and we are honored to carry his name on our building.
For more information on Jack Brown, please visit the building or see the Stater Bros. Company Chairman Webpage.