AASCU Graduates: The Difference We Make
B.A. Political Science
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.