Financial Support Continues for New Wine Business Learning Facility

Pierce Education Properties Extends Impact to Wine Business Research and Education
October 12, 2015

Rohnert Park, CA - The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced more support for the future Wine Spectator Learning Center in the form of a $100,000 contribution from student housing management company, Pierce Education Properties (PEP). Since founding in 1995, PEP and has overseen the acquisition, planning, and development of student housing projects totaling more than 13,000 student beds.

"The Wine Spectator Learning Center will be a transformational facility for students studying Wine Business at Sonoma State University," said Wine Business Institute Board Member and former California State University Trustee Frederick W. Pierce. "I felt it was an important message to send to individuals and companies considering supporting this project, that our Board Members - either individually or through their companies - are personally invested, as well."

"Pierce Education Properties continues a tradition of support for important educational endeavors by stepping forward with this generous gift. We're fortunate to have a collaborator in Fred and his organization, for the benefit of our students, faculty, and for a sustainable future for wine business leadership," Ray Johnson, Director of the Wine Business Institute said.

"Fred's support and involvement has been essential to achieving our vision as the global leader in wine business research and education. Not only in this contribution from Pierce Education Properties, but in his role as Trustee Emeritus of the California State University system, and as an active member of the Wine Business Institute Board of Directors. We thank him for his dedication and service," Dr. William S. Silver, Dean of the School of Business and Economics said.

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