For giving $14 million to Bakersfield College for student scholarships in March, Dr. Norman Levan of Bakersfield has been named the Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year by the Network of California Community College Foundations, according to BC.
The award is given annually to honor an individual or organization that has supported the California community colleges through philanthropy in significant ways. Recent winners include Southern California Edison (2010), Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region (2009), and Bernard Osher himself (2008). In 2009, the award was renamed in honor of Osher.
Levan, a dermatologist, this year has also been recognized by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office for the donation that also maintains programs at the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities and the Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning.
Officials from St. John's College in Santa Fe also honored Levan in Bakersfield recently for giving $7 million to his alma mater in the last five years.
In 2006, Levan also donated $5.7 million to BC to build and expand humanities studies.