Dean's Letter

Dear UCLA Anderson Alumni and Friends,

In the past year, outstanding faculty members including Andrea Eisfeldt, Shlomo Benartzi, Richard Roll, Art Geoffrion, Guillaume Roels, Daniel Andrei and Bruce Carlin received prestigious awards and recognition for their research, and the work of Corinne Bendersky, Paola Giuliano, Suzanne Shu and Bhagwan Chowdhry garnered headlines in the press. We welcomed five new faculty members into our community and attracted some of the world’s most talented students into our programs. Teams of Anderson students won national competitions. Life is good -- this is the school that Thinks in the Next!

Our campus, with our research centers leading the way, continues to foster interesting discussion with leading speakers, among them L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, former finance minister of Korea, Dr. Il Sakong (MBA ’66, PhD ’69), J.P. Morgan Assets Management CEO Mary Erdoes, and Dimensional Fund Advisors Chairman and CEO David Booth. Add to those speakers traditions such as TED Week, the Knapp Venture Competition, the John Wooden Global Leadership Award, and Wooden Fellowships that were hallmark events over the last few months.

None of these accomplishments and initiatives could be possible without the support of you, our donors. On behalf the entire UCLA Anderson family, we offer our profound thanks to each of you for your dedicated support, and confidence in our bright path to our future.

The UCLA Anderson Donor Honor Roll recognizes the generosity of those who supported the school in the 2013-14 fiscal year. Your philanthropy resulted in almost $25 million in support of UCLA Anderson. Your donations are absolutely critical to the school’s students, faculty and programs. Together, we forge the future of UCLA Anderson.

Your commitment and support are even more crucial now as we transition our full-time MBA program to financial self-support, similar to the status of UCLA Anderson’s other five master’s programs. The self-supporting model offers several advantages, including more predictability in tuition setting, control over faculty assignment to teaching, and incentives for new programming in response to market demand. This new model introduces even greater reliance on your philanthropy, since we no longer receive any state support for our MBA and Master’s programs.

The UCLA Anderson family – from alumni to current students – shares values that set us apart from other business schools. We share success, think fearlessly, and drive change. These are also imperatives for our future, and we call on your engagement and support to reinforce these qualities in the next generations of Anderson students.

Please accept my deepest gratitude for your support, and for helping sustain the essential character that is UCLA Anderson.

Wishing you a healthy and fulfilling New Year,

Dean Judy Olian

Dean Judy Olian
Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management