$118 Million Raised during Accelerate Campaign
UCLA Anderson's Accelerate Campaign, led by campaign chairs Dick Ziman and Richard Crowell, was an unambiguous success that exceeded both its original and recalibrated goals. Accelerate commenced in 2007 with a goal of raising $75 million and its early momentum enabled us to reset that goal to $100 million. Ultimately, the campaign, which concluded at the end of 2011, raised $118 million.
Accelerate represents an unprecedented achievement for UCLA Anderson, an achievement even more impressive when one considers the uncertain economic conditions that prevailed during most of the campaign. The level of participation from our communities - alumni, faculty, friends, students and staff - was also unprecedented. In true UCLA Anderson fashion, everyone came together and did their part. The accomplishments of the campaign included five new endowed faculty chairs, 20 newly endowed student fellowships and the establishment of the Laurence and Lori Fink Center for Finance & Investments.
In addition, we extended the global reach and footprint of the school with groundbreaking new programs and centers including the new Global Executive MBA for the Americas, which is focused on Latin America, and a new Center for Global Management, which unifies the many strands of the school's international programs and initiatives under one area.
You are the reason that we accomplished all of this. You prompted us to elevate our ambitions. We are looking to the future with enormous optimism, a future that will be revolutionized by digital technology enabling us to reach new student populations around the world, and transform the process of learning and development; a future where we prepare our students to be leaders who are humble and curious in the face of differences, to use information to discover rather than repress, and to have ambitions that are centered on both personal achievements as well as societal impact; a future where education - the most transformative and equalizing opportunity in the world - is available to those who are talented and diligent, and not just to those who are wealthy; and a future that recognizes the new financial realities of publicly funded endeavors.