On Monday, April 20, Chapman50 member Mike Brown '06 joined Chapman University's Dean of Leatherby Libraries Charlene Baldwin, Trustee Joanne Leatherby, donor and library contributor Margaret Class, and Essraa Nawar, development coordinator at the Leatherby Libraries, on a panel at the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network (ALADN) conference in San Diego. The purpose of the ALADN conference is to help leaders of libraries from across the country connect with each other and discuss ways to increase development, funding, and progress for academic libraries.

Dean Baldwin moderated a panel of three donors who shared their unique stories about what has kept them interested and connected to the Leatherby Libraries throughout the years. Panel participants included Joanne Leatherby, the founding donor of the library who remains involved and engaged in the library and its activities; Margaret Class, who named our yearly Student Book Collection Contest in addition to giving the library a collection of rare books and materials; and Mike Brown’06, a young entrepreneur who founded his business while he was studying in the library years ago and has recently connected back to the library by telling his story and inspiring people to get connected to the library’s special collections and treasures.  

Written by:
Mike Brown '06
Chapman50 Chair of Communications
Co-Founder & CEO, ModBargains