Mike smiles for the camera.

Mike ’78 | Donor

Mike Lucki ’78 moved into the field of accounting as a CSULA undergraduate because it was logical. Accounting made sense, he said.

“You worked hard, you learned the principles and you were rewarded for your work,” explained Mike, the chief financial officer at a Colorado-based global engineering, consulting and operations firm.

Mike uses the same reasoning to explain his continuing support and commitment to Cal State L.A. in the years since he graduated. When you invest in Cal State L.A, you are going to see a return, he said.

As a former partner at Ernst and Young, Mike called on the University to recruit employees; he volunteered his time, coming to campus to work with students; donated airline miles to faculty for professional trips; and even helped cultivate a culture of giving to Cal State L.A. within the firm. Dozens of Ernst and Young employees—many of whom aren’t from Cal State L.A.— still pool their money annually to support accounting scholarships and endowed funds for faculty. And with the corporation’s matching gifts program, they are able to double their impact.

“I got a great education at a reasonable price and I want to make that available to other people,” Mike said. “I feel indebted to the University for that.”