Alumni Awards Gala

Recipients of the 2017 Alumni Awards


The Alumni Awards were established in 1973 to recognize individual alumni for personal achievement, professional success or humanitarian service. Recipients have attained prominence in their respective fields and have brought pride to Cal State LA.

Cal State LA honored eight distinguished alumni at its 2017 Alumni Awards Gala:

Alumnus of the Year
Gary J. Matus (’69)
Managing Director, RSR Partners

Golden Eagle Award
Paisley L. Kadison (’07)
Associate, Investment Funds Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Distinguished Alumna for the College of Arts and Letters
Dr. Margaret Salazar-Porzio (’05)
Curator of Latina/o History and Culture, Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Business and Economics
John M. Gerro (’74)
Real Estate Attorney, Law Offices of John M. Gerro

Distinguished Alumnus for the Charter College of Education
Donald V. Bolton (’55, ’63)
Retired Administrator, Los Angeles Unified School District

Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology
Jorge Ramirez (’04)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Heateflex Corporation

Distinguished Alumna for the College of Natural and Social Sciences
Pamela S. Duffy (’70)
Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Distinguished Alumna for the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services
Pamela Angerer Payne (’81, ’91, ’95, RN, NP)
Doctoral Student in Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago



See Past Recipients