Stuart Sperber, who is president and co-founder of Valley Crest Tree Company and a longtime supporter of the university, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Science during the College of Agriculture commencement ceremony on June 9.
An alumnus of the Cal Poly Pomona Voorhis Campus, Sperber has created an impressive name for himself, his family and his company in the landscape, nursery and tree industries. Sperber has developed Valley Crest Tree Company into the largest containerized specimen tree growing operation in the United States. In addition, as vice president of Environmental Industries, he and his brother have created the largest landscape nursery maintenance and site development contracting firm in the country.
His commitment to his alma mater is unparalleled. In 1999, the College of Agriculture recognized his success in the industry with the Award of Distinction. This spring, he was named the Distinguished Alumni for the college. Sperber maintains a love and passion for Cal Poly Pomona, having actively participated on the President's Council and the University Educational Trust.
Sperber has also extended himself in an ongoing effort to beautify the campus. His company has helped university venues such as AGRIscapes and the Japanese Garden become some of the most beautiful and picturesque places in the region.
The California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers honored him with the 2005 Pacific Coast Nurseryman Award. This prestigious recognition is given to those who have demonstrated a lifetime of horticultural excellence and professional achievement. The association acknowledged his pioneer efforts on behalf of the nursery landscape industry for more than 50 years and how his contributions have advanced the industry throughout California.
In recognition of these achievements, outstanding leadership and commitment to his alma mater, the California State University Board of Trustees and Cal Poly Pomona are proud to confer on Sperber the honorary degree of Doctor of Science.