Record-setting $20 million gift from former Apple CFO to be spent on variety of Cal Poly projects

Nov 3, 2014

The Cal Poly campus at the start of the Fall 2014 quarter
Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

A pair of Cal Poly alums are donating the largest single gift in Cal Poly history to the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences.

Peter and Mary Beth Oppenheimer are giving the school $20 million to go toward a variety of University initiatives. President Jeffrey Armstrong says those include the creation of a new Agricultural Events Center, an equestrian pavilion, and a new farm store.

In addition, the Oppenheimers are helping to feed Cal Poly students who are food insecure.

"We've got students for a variety of reasons that are not making ends meet," said Armstrong. "Peter and Mary Beth have met that and I'd say within six months there will not be a hunger problem with our students."

Peter Oppenhiemer was the Chief Financial Officer for Apple Computer during the company's rise of the past decade and just retired at the end of September.

President Armstrong says the Oppenheimers are setting an extraordinary example and he believes a high-profile donation like this will spurs other alumni to do the same.