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Tom Shadden, '60 B.A. Business Administration

Tom Shadden portrait

Describe your college experience. 

At CSULB, I was the founding President of the Phi Sigma Epsilon a Chapter of the National Sales and Marketing Fraternity, President of the Society for the Advancement of Management, 49er Club..

Which professor or staff made an impact on your academic or professional career?

The professor who made an impact was Ed Cotta, Sales/Marketing course.

Did you attend any student events?

While attending school, I held part-time job and was married. However, I did attend 49er Day. My favorite hang-out was the student activities center.

How or have you been involved with CSULB as an alumni?

As an Alumnus, I served on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Business and founded an annual scholarship in the Department of English.

What advice would you give to a current student today?

Education prepares you for your future career. Seek out a mentor.

How large is your Beach family?

My son, Bill Shadden, graduated with a Master's in English.

What are you doing today?

I am a 50 year resident of Long Beach. After graduating from the School of Business at CSULB, I completed my graduate studies at The Wharton School. I retired as Senior Vice President of Morgan Stanley after 42 year in the Long Beach office.

I have been active on many Philanthropic Boards in Long Beach including my long affiliation with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and its Foundation, where I have served as Director. I am Past President and currently serving as Director of the LBMMC Heart and Vascular Institute.

In addition, I serve as a Board of Governor for the Sea Festival of Long Beach. I joined the Long Beach Yacht Club in 1968. Since then, I served on many committees, including; Chairman of the 1975 Congressional Cup and was elected Commodore in 1980.

Currently, I spend my time with my family, traveling the world and volunteering my time to several Long Beach organizations. Three years ago, I founded the Aquatic Capital Foundation, that officially named Long Beach as the Aquatic Capital of America.The Aquatic Capital of America brings awareness and support to aquatic venues in Long Beach.

Society for Advancement of Management conducting a meeting in a classroom in 1960.

Meetings with members of the senior chapter who are in business, in addition to many notable speakers were on the agenda during this meeting for the Society for Advancement of Management in 1960. The primary objective of the society was to bring closer together executives both in business and those students of business, engineering, and other fields who have a sincere interest in the art and science of management.

Tom Shadden with his son and grandson.

In 2004, Tom Shadden, '60 along with his son, John and grandson, Thomas as his crew won the Cal-20 National Championship Masters Regatta.

Tom Shadden Family

Tom Shadden,'60 with his family. In front Tom and his wife Sandi and standing behind them from left to right, Martin, Cole, Laura (Daughter) McCarthy, Thomas, Melissa, Patricia (Wilmer), John (son), and William Shadden.

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