CBA Mourning Loss of Alumna Susan Dove (MBA, '92)
Susan Dove (MBA, '92) was a regular visitor and exceptional contributor to Cal Poly Pomona's College of Business Administration and the Finance, Real Estate and Law department. Her guest lectures were critical to the contract management emphasis's recognition by the National Contract Management Association and she will be missed personally and professionally.
Through the years, Dove and professor John Wyatt bonded over what can only be decribed as a deep passion for contract negotiations. The CBA requested he to put together a few words on behalf of the CBA to express how beloved she was and how her presence improved lives:
The Contract Management emphasis and the contract management profession recently lost one of its finest champions – Susan Dove. Susan was the first student to receive a Masters of Business Administration degree in the Contract Management Emphasis from the College of Business Administration at Cal Poly Pomona in 1992.
Susan was a strong activist for the CBA’s contract management emphasis in her work as a senior contracts administrator at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she constantly promoted the hiring of contract management graduates and voluntarily mentored those hires in their new positions. She was an active member of the Cal Poly Pomona Alumni association and served as an officer in numerous capacities.
In 2016, Dove was invited to be a Distinguished Alumna Professor for the Day at CPP CBA where she discussed her recent project buying electronic buses (a first for LA Metro). She was an active member of the National Contract Management Association’s (NCMA) Los Angeles Gateway chapter and served on its Board of Advisors. She also assisted in coordinating the 2015 and 2016 annual collaborative educational seminars jointly sponsored by Cal Poly’s Society of Law, Contracts and Procurement (first NCMA Student Chapter), and the NCMA Los Angeles Gateway and San Gabriel Valley chapters.
Everywhere she went or spoke, Susan was a splendid supporter of the contract management profession, the Cal Poly program and its students. Her heart was with Cal Poly Pomona. NCMA and the contract management profession. She will be sorely missed.