La Sierra University has responded to concerns regarding its naming of the Edward C. Allred Center of Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship that have circulated in recent days with the following press release.
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From Larry Becker, Public Relations, La Sierra University:
Dr. Edward Allred has a longstanding belief that young people need better preparation to meet the world’s economic challenges through development of personal financial management skills. This belief led him to provide financial support for a new Center for Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship at La Sierra University.
This gift reflects Dr. Allred’s support for the quality of education offered through the School of Business. The donation has enabled School of Business faculty members to develop an online curriculum and host on-campus business camps and workshops for teachers and students. The Center was established in 2010
Dr. Allred is an alumnus of La Sierra, and has continued to follow the University’s activities through the years. He remains active in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. La Sierra University is one of many Seventh-day Adventist institutions and church organizations throughout North America that have benefited from his philanthropic giving.
The University’s Naming Policy says, “Naming Opportunities provide a means to honor personal contributions, service, and achievement of the honoree as well as their contribution of resources to support the University.” Each proposal is considered on its own merits. To respect each donor’s right to privacy, the documentation and discussions relating to each proposal are confidential.
La Sierra University benefits from the generosity of a wide variety of donors—Adventist and non-Adventist. The University values each gift as a donor’s expression of support for its efforts to provide the best possible Adventist education to our students.