Professor emerita of management and alumna, San Francisco State University
“Our state universities are so important. We need to join together in an effort to support public higher education.”
San Francisco State University has always been an important part of Kay Dilena’s life. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in accounting and an M.B.A. in management from SF State, she appreciated the quality of her instructors, the course offerings, and the University’s commitment to providing access to diverse students.
She recognized public higher education as an affordable and practical way to receive the education that would help her succeed. Kay later joined the College of Business faculty, further strengthening her ties to the University.
Kay made one of the largest private individual gifts in SF State’s history to establish the Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture. A native of Japan, Kay wanted to recognize the two countries that played such important roles in her life and honor the memories of her late husband, the American banking executive James G. Dilena, and her late brother, Yasuo Takeyama, an award-winning journalist.
Her generous gift gives a new prominence to the study of Japan at SF State and promotes cultural understanding between the two countries.