August 23, 2006

Jason Frand Retires From UCLA Anderson

Played instrumental role in merging information and computing services

Jason FrandLOS ANGELES - Jason L. Frand, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean and Director of UCLA Anderson Computing & Information Services, has announced his retirement effective August 31. Frand became Director of Computing in 1980 at the previous Graduate School of Management complex.  He began with one assistant and built the department into a staff of more than 40 programmers, analysts, computer technologists, librarians and library staff. He was the school’s technology strategic planner and grant writer from 1980 through the move to the current UCLA Anderson complex in 1995.  He has written grants totaling over $7.8 million dollars.

From 1980-1999, Frand authored the UCLA Annual Survey of Business School Computer Usage, tracking adoption of computing resources within the business school environment.  Recognized as a thought leader in business school computing, he was an invited or featured speaker at more than 60 conferences. He co-founded the Business School Computing Directors Consortium in 1988 and the UCLA Campus Computing Council in 1997.

In 1993, Frand was named assistant dean and given overall responsibility for the school's investment in computer, communication, and information technologies. In this position, he focused on the “access paradox,” the gap between available information and the ability of students and faculty to find what they really need. In leading efforts to address this problem, he helped design a model of the 21st century university library as a fully-integrated information resource organization. The merger of the UCLA Rosenfeld Management Library and Anderson Computing Services in 1997 into Anderson Computing and Information Services (ACIS) was the culmination of more than ten years of planning, persuasion and negotiation.

Under Frand’s leadership, UCLA Anderson was one of the first schools to:

  • Establish a microcomputer lab (1982)
  • Establish a laptop program (EMBA 1985)
  • Distribute microcomputers to every faculty member (1986)
  • Distribute microcomputers to every staff member (1987)
  • Establish a networked building (via telephone and modem connection, 1987)
  • Introduce e-mail to all faculty, students and staff (1988)
  • Adopt Microsoft Excel (1988)
  • Require laptops for EMBA/FEMBA Programs (1992)
  • Equip every classroom with a podium computer, a projector, and a VCR
  • Wire every seat in every classroom and the library to the Anderson network (1995)

Originally a math teacher, Frand completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at UCLA in 1976. At UCLA Anderson, he has taught in the MBA and Executive Education Programs. He joined the Information Systems area in 1981 and has continued to teach while leading ACIS. During 2003-2004, he returned to his roots and taught UCLA's Introduction to Statistical Reasoning course.

Educause ReviewAs a researcher, Frand has explored the impact of computing and information technology in management education. His thoughts on the "Information-Age Mindset," were featured on the cover of the September/October 2000 issue of the Educause Review. During the past decade, he has presented papers and workshops on strategies for thriving in the information age at meetings around the world. In 2002, he distilled these ideas in a paper with Aura Lippincott entitled, "Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) and Information Overload."

Jason Frand and his wife, Lois, are the proud parents of two children and four grandchildren. The Frands are patrons of the stage and screen. They are also frequent travelers who have visited Antarctica, the Arctic Circle and many points in-between. After completing his career at UCLA, Frand plans to teach math, and coach math teachers, in public schools.

About Anderson Computing & Information Services
Library services and computing technology are completely interwoven at UCLA Anderson School of Management. UCLA Anderson Computing & Information Services (ACIS) is comprised of dedicated and enterprising librarians, programmers, technicians and staff working together to deliver a spectrum of library and electronic services to the entire UCLA Anderson community. Housed within the beautiful Rosenfeld Library, ACIS supports the creation, acquisition and dissemination of knowledge through providing technological solutions and information competency skills. Our mission is to enable our faculty, students and staff to access, create, analyze, organize and exchange information necessary to achieve research and educational objectives through the delivery of quality, professional support services. Our products are information, access and communication.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is ranked among the top-tier business schools in the world. Award-winning faculty renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment.

The mission of UCLA Anderson School of Management is to be a global leader in management education, research and service. Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,400 students enrolled in MBA and doctoral programs, and some 2,000 executives and managers enrolled annually in executive education programs. UCLA Anderson alumni number more than 34,000 graduates around the world dedicated to continued networking, professional development and educational activities.

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