AASCU Graduates: The Difference We Make

Gary Cushing

Gary Cushing

Graduation Year: 2010
Degree Earned: B.A. Political Science
Institution: California State University Channel Islands

Gary Cushing was by all measures a success. The self-made owner of several Ventura County restaurant franchises, an active philanthropist and civic leader, and he was also happily married, with eight children and 13 grandchildren. In 2010, he earned the B.A. in Political Science he had abandoned three decades earlier, when work and family responsibilities prevailed. He stays closely connected to the community, volunteering on several boards, including Channel Islands’ Alumni & Friends Association and Henry “Hank” L. Lacayo Institute for Workforce & Community Studies program. He received the Alumni & Friends Association Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.