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Bill Cockrum Donates $5 Million to UCLA Anderson
Gift supports fellowships for finance, entrepreneurial MBAs
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 3, 2013) -- William M. Cockrum, a UCLA Anderson School of Management adjunct professor and Board of Visitors member, has donated $5 million to establish an endowment to support the school and the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
$4 million of the gift will support fellowships for entrepreneurial MBA students. The remaining $1 million will help fund fellowships for finance students in UCLA Anderson’s MBA program.
“This gift is reflective of Bill’s longstanding devotion to our school,” said UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian. “He has taught generations of students who remain grateful to him for his keen industry insights and dedication as an educator. This most generous gift continues Bill’s commitment to Anderson’s future, and to our students and alumni.”
Cockrum has taught at UCLA Anderson for 30 years, reaching over 7,000 students. He currently teaches courses in entrepreneurial finance, investment management, leadership and business ethics. During his teaching career, he has won numerous academic teaching awards both at UCLA and abroad, including recognition as the top U.S. entrepreneurial professor in a 1996 survey conducted by Businessweek.
“It gives me great satisfaction to know that I am playing a vital role in supporting UCLA Anderson,” said Cockrum.
Prior to joining UCLA Anderson, Cockrum spent 25 years in the financial services industry, starting out as a marketer and eventually serving as CFO/CAO at Becker Paribas, Inc., a 3,000-employee investment-banking firm. When the company was sold to Merrill Lynch in 1984, he shifted gears and began consulting for now in excess of 40 chief executive officers. He still serves as consultant across various industries on issues such as organization structure, strategy, marketing, finance and administration.
“Bill is not only one of our most seasoned faculty members, he’s also a leading investment advisor whose wisdom and guidance is highly respected in the industry,” said Al Osborne, senior associate dean at UCLA Anderson. “He has mentored generations of entrepreneurs and finance professionals, and with this generous gift will impact many more to come.”
In addition to serving on UCLA Anderson’s Board of Visitors, Cockrum is a member of the Anderson Alumni Board and the Price Center’s Advisory Board. He also served on the UCLA Foundation’s investment committee for 15 years and is currently a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Governors.
He is also on the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Management at Cranfield University in England, is a visiting professor and Board member at the Betteny Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies at Cranfield. Cockrum is also a Director at Educational Housing Services, a not-for-profit providing 4,200 dormitory residences to 22 universities in New York City.
Cockrum earned a B.A. in Economics from DePauw University, and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Harvard University’s Business School.