Alumnus Jon Krabbenschmidt Donates Initial of Two $five Million Commitments toward New Constructing to Inspire Other Alumni, Sector Partners to Stick to

Jon E. Krabbenschmidt (Company Administration, ’76) credits a considerable portion of his business enterprise accomplishment to his expertise at Chico State and desires future students to have the identical chance. But to do so, he says, the University requires to replace Glenn Hall, the current developing for the College of Company that opened in 1958, with a state-of-the-art developing, and he’s prepared to take the very first step to make that vision come about.

This spring, Krabbenschmidt donated $five million as a very first commitment toward an ultimate $ten million present devoted to the building of the new developing.

“I hope Chico State can use this present not just to accelerate the developing building but to say, ‘We have an alumnus who is prepared to do this and other alums and corporations require to step up to the plate and make contributions in a considerable manner,’” he mentioned. “There are lots of Chico State graduates that have been quite effective in their careers—and I know quite a few of them—and these men and women must be providing back to the college that offered them with the foundation for their accomplishment.”

With sufficient assistance, the University plans to break ground on a new developing for the College of Company ahead of schedule.

“Jon believes in the vision we have for the College of Company and our commitment to giving a 21st century education that accommodates cutting-edge studying experiences, fosters the collaborative environments that are so crucial for the field of business enterprise, and supports the centers that supply hands-on, true-globe studying prior to they earn their degrees,” mentioned President Gayle Hutchinson. “For decades, we have been honored to recognize him as one particular of our extremely effective alumni, and now we are thrilled that he is investing in the future of his alma mater in a way that will have influence for generations to come.”

As a higher college student, Krabbenschmidt admits he chose Chico State simply because it supplied uncomplicated access to the outdoors, exactly where he could balance his time in the classroom with hours hiking, skiing and hanging out in Bidwell Park. Having said that, he benefited from the close neighborhood, smaller student-to-faculty ratio, and social atmosphere that are all nevertheless accurate now. He eventually excelled in his business enterprise administration classes and graduated with honors endowed with the abilities he necessary to start out his profession.

Soon after graduating, Krabbenschmidt earned a JD and became a licensed lawyer and then a licensed certified public accountant. He worked in the tax division at Arthur Andersen and Co. for 5 years, and then worked as executive vice president of Sierra Capital Providers for a further 5 years. He sooner or later located his house when he reconnected with his pals from Andersen to turn into one particular of the very first personnel of Novogradac &amp Organization LLP, an accounting and consulting firm that is now a nationally recognized leader in the tax credit market. 

When at Novogradac, he specialized in partnership accounting and taxation, assisting consumers with audits and tax compliance as properly as many other finance, consulting and tax preparing activities. His consumers integrated investors and developers that operated in industry price and cost-effective housing, renewable power, new markets tax credits and historic tax credits. He also had a couple of pals that owned vineyards and wineries so he sooner or later discovered about accounting and taxation of agriculture. He employed this background to co-author numerous books on tax credits, lectured and became an professional witness in his field.

He retired soon after almost 30 years of serving as a companion and now focuses on his true estate investment and improvement business enterprise via his entity Gate Holdings, LLC. Krabbenschmidt maintained a fondness for his alma mater via the years and usually attempted to recruit accounting students for his firm. When a year, he would go to Chico State to lecture on his region of expertise—low-earnings housing tax credits—but steadily started to understand Glenn Hall, its classrooms and its offerings had remained reasonably unchanged and lacked capacity for student collaboration.

“As a student, I didn’t have an understanding of that operating a enterprise is actually a collaborative course of action that does not just rely on accounting and telling a person what the numbers are,” he mentioned. “You have to have great communications abilities with men and women in sales, promoting and finance, and you have to place all these disciplines with each other.”

Dean Terence Lau mentioned he is grateful for Krabbenschmidt’s assistance and shared vision for the College of Company to supply the most transformative education it can present.

An artist rendering of the exterior of a new building

“This developing will supply future Chico State students tremendously enhanced experiential studying possibilities, assistance curricula revision that push us to the cutting-edge of business enterprise education and additional understanding of the part of business enterprise in society,” Lau mentioned. “This will produce extra diverse and rigorous studying and investigation possibilities for students and faculty although strengthening entrepreneurship, business enterprise and finance, technologies, globalization and corporate partnerships.”

The vision for the new facility is to showcase innovation and collaboration by design and style. It incorporates spaces for active, experiential, and immersive studying conference breakout rooms collaboration spaces centers for excellence and devoted spaces for faculty investigation and signature applications.

“I’m one particular of these ‘If you create it, they will come,’ men and women,” Krabbenschmidt mentioned. “Chico State can attract best faculty with a wonderful facility, and this will in turn give the students the very best education feasible. The education and studying expertise must be immersive and permit students and faculty to mask out all the other demands in their life. The new Chico State College of Company developing will supply this atmosphere.”

Hutchinson mentioned she is delighted to have witnessed this subsequent chapter and appears forward to how Lau and the subsequent president of Chico State will function to bring the vision to fruition.

“I share Jon and Terence’s vision and hope that this transformative present will inspire other donors to stick to and turn a longstanding vision of a developing for the 21st century a realty,” she mentioned.

Men and women interested in supporting the vision for a new developing for the College of Company must make contact with Ahmad Boura, Vice President for University Advancement and CEO for the University Foundation at

Ashley Gebb

A proud alumna, Ashley Gebb (Journalism, ’08) is the executive director of University Communications. She leads its exceptional communications group, manages the Chico State brand, and directs promoting and storytelling.

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