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Paul Prichard '60

Paul Prichard, a distinguished alumnus from the Class of 1960, has been an active and enthusiastic member of the Argyros Society for over ten years. He believes that being involved with the Argyros Society is a great way to continue to support the school financially while also being invited to attend the fun and interactive Argyros School events, such as the Economic Forecasts and Distinguished Speaker engagements.

Paul has very fond memories of his time as a business school student at Chapman University, and appreciates the fact that in order to graduate, he was required to also take classes outside of his program. He still has vivid memories of the lessons he learned from celebrated professors like economics expert, Dr. Don Booth and philosophy guru, Dr. Bert Williams. He feels like the diverse subjects he was exposed to prepared him, not just for a career in business, but for life.

Paul truly enjoys interacting with the Argyros School students and one of his proudest achievements over the years has been setting up a mentoring program for students with the help of the O.C. Financial Society, of which he is a member. Through this program, they sponsor MBA and Law students to attend meetings where financial and investment experts come together to work on issues of mutual concern.

Chapman University plays a very pivotal role in Paul’s life, and for that he is grateful. He met his wife, Marcia, who received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Chapman, as a student here. During their wedding in 1960, the head of the English department officiated the ceremony, and Professor Jim Miller led their 25th anniversary vow renewal. One of his daughters is also a graduate and another received her teaching credential here. And if that wasn’t enough proof as to how deep Chapman runs in his veins, he has secured two niches in the Chapman Columbarium, located in the Fish Interfaith Center on campus, for him and Marcia as their final resting place.

Paul is a Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer at Pacific Western Bank in Anaheim. In his free time he enjoys watching and playing sports, and spending time with his grandkids.

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“I believe if more people got involved with the Argyros School and saw the quality of the students here, they would feel better about the future of our country.”