BRAWLEY — As one speaker dubbed the 200-acre gift of land east of here a "field of dreams," nearly everyone attending San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus's gift recognition ceremony Monday agreed the campus to be built at this site would change Imperial Valley education and the Valley itself.
"We believe this is going to transform educational opportunities in Imperial County," said San Diego State University President Stephen Weber.
The land, about one mile east of Brawley along Highway 78, was donated by the Alamitos Land Co. to house the future SDSU-IV campus-Brawley. The California State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously last week to accept the donated land.
Weber cited the low number of Imperial Valley high school graduates attending college and the disproportionately low enrollment of North County residents at the Calexico campus as reasons for the creation of the campus.
"It seems to me one of the best things we can do for the people of the Imperial Valley … is provide them better access to higher education," Weber said.