Steven D. Dorfman Center

A new home for the School of Management.

For more than 30 years, the School of Management at Cal Lutheran has developed bold, inquisitive, and responsible leaders who shape their organizations and communities. This new center will allow us to reach new heights in preparing students for success with integrity in their professional and personal lives.

The School of Management has recently received a generous $6 million lead gift for the construction of a new building centrally located in the heart of our beautiful Thousand Oaks campus. As the largest single gift in the university's history, now is the time build on this incredible momentum and take the next step in the School of Management’s development.

The two-story, 27,000-square-foot Steven D. Dorfman Center will bring most School of Management faculty offices on the Thousand Oaks campus together with classrooms under one roof for the first time — something Mr. Dorfman recognized as a need as a member of the school’s Advisory Council for several years.

Steven D. Dorfman Center rendering

With Mr. Dorfman’s gift and about $500,000 from other donors, Cal Lutheran will now begin public fundraising and planning. The $18 million building will be constructed where Nygreen Hall, an assemblage of portable classrooms completed in 1973, currently stands. A grand lobby with glass curtain walls will face Memorial Parkway.

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Steve Dorfman

I’ve always been interested in education, and I saw an opportunity for me to make a significant difference at Cal Lutheran. This will enable the School of Management to become one of the leading business schools on the West Coast.

Steve Dorfman

A Space for Innovation and Collaboration

Today’s business world demands graduates who are team players, capable of creating innovative solutions through collaboration. This has not only changed what we teach and how we teach, but it also requires a physical environment that supports cooperation.

The Steven D. Dorfman Center has been designed to be a unique place where students meet other students, and where they can interact with faculty, staff, alumni, and the business community:

  • A lecture theatre on the ground floor will not only be used for larger, foundational business classes, but it will also be the location for public lectures where the School of Management interacts with the community. For instance, we will showcase successful entrepreneurs during our ongoing “Entrepreneur Speaker Series” or have one of our  intimate “fireside chat” conversations with Dean’s Council members and other C-level executives.
  • Classrooms with flexible furniture will enable professors and students to adjust the classroom environment to fit their didactical needs. Professors will work with students in seminars and workshops on exploring new content and applied problem-solving.
  • A beautiful, open lobby will provide spaces for collaboration between School of Management students and students from other majors. During the day, students will have spaces to work quietly or collaboratively, and they will experience the vibrancy of the School of Management.
  • First floor program director and staff offices that provide easy access for students. Potential and future students will be able to meet staff and administrators who are there to help students become successful in their study and career goals.
  • A beautiful, multi-functional community room on the second floor, overlooking Kingsmen Park, will serve as a collaborative classroom for all students on weekdays and for our Executive MBA students on weekends. For evenings, it is designed to transform into a meeting and event space for the business community such as private receptions and more informal meetings.
  • A second floor open workspace and break area will bring a Silicon Valley-style collaborative environment to the School, where students can meet faculty members, and where adjunct instructors will find work areas. This space will inspire creativity, innovation, and interaction.
  • Throughout the building, conference and break-out rooms will be available for students to jointly work on projects within and beyond their classes. In these rooms, students can study for their courses, collaboratively work on problem-solving, or they could have private meetings with professors.
  • Technology and displays throughout the building will tell the stories of our successes - donors who believe in our mission, student achievements, alumni careers, current news and initiatives. The centerpiece of this technology will be a modern video-wall that can be flexibly adjusted to tell the stories around the School of Management.
  • Throughout the building, the use of glass and light will add to the spirit of openness, transparency and collaboration. Education at the School of Management is built on creativity, excellence, and community, and the building will underscore these principles.

A Vision for the School of Management

The Steven D. Dorfman Center will create an environment for the School of Management that enables us what we do best: educate students to become leaders for a global society through collaboration and community. The Steven D. Dorfman Center will help us to:

  • Inspire top undergraduate and graduate students to enroll at Cal Lutheran.
  • Facilitate interactive collaboration among students and faculty with creatively designed workspaces.
  • Motivate, attract, and retain exceptional new faculty to our campus.
  • Create a culture of innovation and inclusivity.
  • Inspire further engagement with alumni, donors & friends.
  • Support business school accreditation and raise the overall profile of the School of Management and the University.

About Steve Dorfman

Mr. Dorfman served as CEO of Hughes Space and Communications Co., Hughes Telecommunications and Space, and Hughes Communications. During his time at Hughes, his responsibilities ranged from directing the landing of five probes on Venus to helping create DirecTV.

Mr. Dorfman has served on the boards of Hughes, Raytheon and many other companies and on advisory committees to NASA, the Air Force, the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Transportation, among others.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and received NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award. After his retirement in 1999, he taught as a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Dorfman has been a member of the School of Management’s Advisory Council for several years.