Torchlight | Spring 2014

Drobny honored with President’s Medal

   Mark Drobny, a Sacramento State University Foundation Board
   member since 2008, received the 2014 Sacramento State
   President's Medal for Distinguished Service.

Mark Drobny, chair of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee for The University Foundation at Sacramento State, was honored with the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service at this spring’s commencement ceremony for the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.

President Alexander Gonzalez awards the medal to individuals who have provided outstanding service to Sacramento State.

Drobny serves on The University Foundation at Sacramento State Board of Directors. Over the years, he has volunteered his time to conduct nearly three dozen of the University’s popular Estate Planning 101, and now 201, seminars to help potential donors understand the benefits of planned giving. He is also instrumental in directing gifts to the University, helping to secure more than $42 million in testamentary commitments to fund endowed scholarships and program support for students and faculty on campus. 

“What I like about working with Sac State is that it doesn’t take much to make a difference in a lot of people’s lives. It’s a lasting legacy,” Drobny says.

“The private sector has to step up to maintain the quality of education they have here. I grew up in the Midwest and attended a university there, and I believe in public education. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it and I see a lot of my neighbors who would not have had the opportunity they have had if not for CSU programs.”

In recognition for his ongoing commitment to the University, he was named an Honorary Alumnus by the University and the Alumni Association at the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Drobny founded the Drobny Law Offices in 1989 with a concentration in estate planning. Their main offices are in Sacramento with satellite offices in Stockton, Modesto, San Ramon and San Diego. He is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law and has served as both president and a board member for the Sacramento Estate Planning Council. He is a member of the California State Bar, American Bar Association and Sacramento County Bar Association.

He has also served on the boards of numerous Northern California charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Sutter Hospitals Foundation and St. Hope Academy.