has announced a $1 million gift from Manuel Mancebo, Jr. to its .
The planned estate gift will support the school's dairy science program, which is run by first-year faculty member and Fresno State graduate Kyle Thompson and employs a workforce of twenty students. With a milking string of a hundred and seventy Holstein and Jersey cows, students are exposed to every aspect of the dairy industry, while the milk itself is transported daily to the and used by the campus creamery to produce milk, ice cream, and other dairy products. In recognition of the gift, Fresno State will rename the facility for Mancebo and his late wife, Katye.
Starting as a mechanic apprentice for the family business, Kings County Truck Lines, at the age of 17, Mancebo, now 87, took over the company in 1971 and helped build it into an industry leader before selling it in 2006.
"We sincerely appreciate this gift that will benefit our dairy program for years to come," said Fresno State president Joseph I. Castro. "The dairy industry is a key part of agriculture in California, so it’s important to modernize our facilities and resources to give our students a real-life experience to prepare them for careers around the Central Valley and beyond."