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Scott Cooper and Kim and Russ NashScott Cooper Named Honored Alumnus

Scott Cooper (Business Administration, ’91) has been named the 2016 Orfalea College of Business Honored Alumnus. The former Cal Poly football player leveraged his concentration in accounting to start his career on the audit team at KPMG in Costa Mesa, Calif. After earning his MBA at the University of Michigan, he returned to California to work in the finance divisions of corporate mainstays to medical startups.

Cooper’s most recent position was as CFO at WaveTec Vision Systems Inc., a fast-growing medical device company that he helped lead to a successful $350 million acquisition in 2014 by Alcon, a division of Novartis. Today, he leads business development, finance and administration as CFO at Allegro Ophthalmics, a biotech startup.

For decades, the Cooper family has strongly supported Cal Poly’s Accounting Area, the Construction Management Department and Cal Poly Athletics. In 2015, the Coopers’ generous donation to the Orfalea College of Business’ international scholarship fund enabled 19 students to study abroad in countries like France, Spain, Japan and Brazil.

“When I consider all the great things that have happened to me and continue to happen to me thanks to my Cal Poly education, it feels very natural to give back to the school financially and with my time,” said Cooper, who also serves on the Orfalea Dean’s Advisory Council. “I am so pleased to know that our financial contribution helped students to have meaningful international experiences, and I will continue to support Cal Poly any way I can.”

Cooper and his wife, Laura (Construction Management, ’91), are also parents to another Mustang — their son, Thomas, is a sophomore in the Orfalea College of Business. For a full list of Orfalea College of Business Honored Alumni, visit bit.ly/honoredalumni.

Cal Poly Dedicates Nash Family Entrepreneurship Lab

Students, faculty, alumni and supporters gathered in July to dedicate the Nash Family Entrepreneurship Lab on Cal Poly’s campus. Alumnus Russ Nash (Business Administration, ’82) and his wife, Kimberly (Journalism, ’82), were honored at the ceremony for their steadfast dedication to Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill and CIE Faculty Director Jonathan York spoke at the event along with students and alumni whose startups have been impacted by the Nash family’s generosity. The renovated space includes a flexible classroom used for multidisciplinary senior project courses and workspace for student startups.

For more information on the CIE, visit cie.calpoly.edu.

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