Libby Padilla“I’ve always believed that your choice of school and career is about what fits you, not what someone else wants you to do or be.”

Libby Padilla, development and alumni coordinator for Lycee International de Los Angeles, is happy she decided to attend Cal State Monterey Bay. She is committed to helping future students along the same path.

“CSUMB gave me so much in the sense of a great education and amazing memories that I felt that
giving back was the best way to show my Otter pride,” Padilla said. “I want others to have the same opportunities I did.”

She views with delight the growth of her alma mater: “We now have a beautiful library, a science building, real dining commons, and a student lounge, all because of fellow alumni and donors who believed in CSUMB and gave.”

Padilla has given back since graduating in 2007. Her gifts have been directed to the Alumni Association and the annual fund, most recently supporting the 2013 Faculty Incentive Grant program.

While the campus continues to change, the factors that attracted Padilla have not.

“During my junior year of high school I had a very specific list of what I wanted in a university,” she said. “Top of my list was student/teacher ratio, location, and a diverse business program.

“CSUMB had everything on my list, and better yet it was near the beach. I felt a sense of belonging, and it remained true over my five years as a student.”