$16.4M donation will create Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB

Before a crowd of music students and supporters, California State University, Long Beach officials announced earlier this month the largest donation in the university’s history: $16.4 million from the Bob Cole Trust to provide scholarships for student musicians. In recognition of the generosity of the donation, CSULB renamed the department of music as the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music.
“In establishing the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, we are doing more than recognizing a man for his extraordinary generosity to our university,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander in a press release. “This conservatory will forever honor a Long Beach man who looked to the promising futures of students at our university and wanted to help them succeed.”
Bob Cole, who died in 2004, was a Long Beach real estate entrepreneur for more than 35 years. Considered one of the area’s most successful real estate businessmen, the founder of Bob Cole Realty developed the method of trading real estate tax free. And with playing piano to entertain his family and friends being a lifelong favorite pastime, it was that passion that led the gift being directed to the CSULB music department.
“This is an extraordinary gift, one that will set the Cal State Long Beach music program apart from its peers,” said Andrea Taylor, vice president of University Relations and Development.

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