Dan Black is a true university citizen. His gifts and pledges to Cal State Fullerton will undoubtedly have an impact on the lives of countless students for generations to come. He enrolled at CSUF in 1964 and took, without great intention, a freshman physics course. Mr. Black credits this course taught by future friend and mentor, the late Dr. Ray Adams, for influencing his decision to pursue a career in physics. Mr. Black graduated in 1967.
Following graduation, Dan worked in sales and marketing for EG&G, a firm that manufactured physics equipment. In 1973, he started his first company, Trace Analysis Laboratory. He left that company a year later and launched MineraLab – later renamed Advanced Medical Nutrition, Inc. – which he sold in 1998. Dan then co-founded ProThera, a nutritional, supplemental company, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board and CFO.
In 1998, Mr. Black reconnected with his alma mater. That year, he established the Dan Black Scholarship, which provided $25,000 annually for scholarships to physics majors. In 2000, he funded the Dan Black Program in Physics and Business. In 2006, the university renamed it Science Laboratory Center “Dan Black Hall” in recognition of Dan and his wife Kathy Chao Black’s more than $4 million in gifts and pledges to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The Blacks also pledged $100,000 to the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics’ capital campaign and $25,000 to the performing arts campaign.
As his many gifts of support have proven, Mr. Black is a true university citizen and cherished alumnus.