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2018 Distinguished Alumni

Mike Schaadt

Mike Schaadt

Director Emeritus, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, 1978
Master of Science, Biology, 1982

Mike Schaadt’s Master’s of Biology crowned a prolific academic experience at CSULB and launched a prominent 37-year career in marine biology. Serving in leadership roles on the local, state and national level, Mike is infamous for his infectious enthusiasm for science, his boundless passion for teaching and his enduring commitment to the students who will become tomorrow’s champions for marine science.

During Mike’s 28 year tenure at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, the last 12 years as Aquarium Director, his leadership propelled vital oceanology and conservation exhibits and programs to national recognition. He is a founding member of the Southern California Aquarium Collaborative, which develops resources for Marine Protected Areas in Southern California, and is Founding Chair of the San Pedro High School Global Environmental Academy. In addition, he has served on numerous advisory boards and committees of organizations working for the protection of our oceans and marine life, and is a member of many more. 

Mike’s singular dedication to marine science and conservation is rooted in education, beginning as a Marine Environment instructor at Compton Community College, continuing as a marine science and biology lecturer in K-12 classrooms and Cerritos Community College, and enduring as an advisor for the Venice Oceanarium and board member for the Friends of the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. He is the author of dozens of scientific articles, papers and books and frequent presenter in the community, and was recently awarded the Bill Stein Memorial Leadership Award at ITEP’s 18th annual scholarship celebration, Oceans of Opportunity.

Mike credits CSULB Drs. Charles Galt, Roger Bauer and William Ritz as particularly influential on his academic and professional career, and he maintains strong ties with The Beach as a frequent event and seminar attendee and former employer of CSULB students at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.


2018
Max B. Martinez
Max B. Martinez, '78

2017
Lenora Mendoza Noroski
Lenora Mendoza Noroski, '85

2016
Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber
Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, '84

2015
Jean-Bernard Durand
Jean-Bernard Durand, '84

2014
Jeffrey L. Stein
Jeffrey L. Stein, '79, '83

2013
Nancy D. Kimber
Nancy D. Kimber, '90

2012
John E. Leonard
John E. Leonard, '69, '73

2011
Jerome A. Zack
Jerome A. Zack, '80

2010
Jim Mazzo
Jim Mazzo, '80

2009
M. Martha Molina Bernadett
M. Martha Molina Bernadett, '85

2008
Georgia D. Griffiths
Georgia D. Griffiths, '73

2007
James E. DeOlden
James E. DeOlden, '69, '72

2006
Reid H. Bowman
Reid H. Bowman, '69

2005
Susan D. Parsons
Susan D. Parsons, '80, '82

2004
Alec D. Keith
Alec D. Keith, '62

2003
Steve L. Pentoney Jr.
Steve L. Pentoney Jr., '83

2002
Ron Tani
Ron Tani, '86

2001
Bette T. Korber
Bette T. Korber, '81

2000
Mark A. Norell
Mark A. Norell, '80

1998
Marianne Marsi-Manring
Marianne Marsi-Manring, '78

1997
William A. Wilson
William A. Wilson, '62

1996
Erika Schneider
Erika Schneider, '81

1995
Per B. Christiansen
Per B. Christiansen, '64

1994
John Bacich Jr.
John Bacich Jr. , '67

1993
Paul D. Romero
Paul D. Romero, '70, '76

1992
William C. Lake
William C. Lake, '67, '68

1991
Fred Dorer
Fred Dorer, '61

1990
James R. Miller
James R. Miller, '72

1989
Jack H. Dean
Jack H. Dean, '64, '68

1988
Lee R. Hill
Lee R. Hill, '74

1987
Robert O. Hutchins
Robert O. Hutchins, '62

1986
Dean Bok
Dean Bok, '64

1985
Thomas M. O'Neil
Thomas M. O'Neil, '62

1984
Danute I. Basiulis
Danute I. Basiulis, '76

1980
Evord F. Knights
Evord F. Knights, '64