Santa Clara University


About the Naumes Family Chair

The Naumes family has a long history with Santa Clara University, beginning with Joseph Naumes, a 1934 graduate whose company, Naumes, Inc., is a fruit producer in Oregon, Washington, and northern California, farming more than 7,500 acres of pear, apple, and cherry orchards. Joe served as a University Trustee and a Regent, chairing the Regents board for a two-year term. He and other family members played a formative role in founding the agribusiness program in the School of Business in the 1970s.

His children and grandchildren have continued the SCU connection, including son Michael '68 who is president and CEO of Naumes, Inc.; Joe's daughter Susan '70, and nephew Pete '67, who held leadership roles at Naumes before retirement. Two of Michael's children are recent SCU graduates.

Professor Robert Collins was appointed to the Naumes Family Chair in 1989.

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