April Lee and her family

In a previous life, April Lee was an air traffic controller in the Air Force, guiding multiple planes down for a safe landing. Now, in the CSUMB President’s Office, she guides important projects and deadlines behind the scenes – not often visible, but critical to the university’s operation.

The CSUMB alum has been giving back to her alma mater for more than five years. “I chose to support CSUMB because I truly believe in education” said April, a re-entry student and mother of two. “I want to help anyone I can to ‘have that edge.’”

April attributes her success to the many people who make up the CSUMB family. In particular, she singled out three professors, Jeffrey Froshman, Pat Tinsley and the late Jay Foss, who were all critical to her achieving a major milestone in her life – attaining her bachelor’s degree.

According to April, she couldn’t have done it without the support of her husband and two boys. “I wanted to show my sons an example of the benefits of completing your education and then giving back.” Her shining example is already paying off — her elder son is now a senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.