August 27, 2008

UCLA Anderson School of Management Establishes Two Term Chairs

Faculty Appointments Recognize Rising Stars


Prof. Charles Corbett & Prof. Aimee DroletLOS ANGELES -- UCLA Anderson School of Management Dean Judy Olian today announced the appointment of two term chairs thanks to generous gifts from entrepreneur and philanthropist Betsy Wood Knapp and the late entrepreneur and corporate founder Joseph J. Jacobs, PhD.  The Betsy Wood Knapp Term Chair in Innovation and Creativity is awarded to Associate Professor Aimee Drolet. The Joseph J. Jacobs Term Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies is awarded to Professor Charles Corbett. The duration of each term chair is three years.

"Term chairs are vitally important to the school because they enable us to publicly recognize, nurture and retain rising stars who are among the most productive in their fields, and are therefore especially attractive to other top schools seeking exceptional faculty," said Olian.  "Term chairs provide essential research support for highly creative and original thinkers like Aimee and Charles. I am indebted to the donors, Betsy Wood Knapp and Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs, for their vision in establishing these term chairs."

Aimee Drolet joined the UCLA Anderson marketing area faculty in 1997. Her research focuses on consumer decision-making and the role of cognitive resources and emotions on these decisions. She has also developed unique expertise in the consumption decisions of an overlooked segment of buyers - older consumers. In 2004, she received the Eric and E Juline Faculty Excellence in Research Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Research.

"When I established this professorship, I envisioned the incumbent as a smart, inspiring individual who embraces innovation and creativity in teaching, research and his or her approach to business," said Betsy Wood Knapp. "It is extremely gratifying to me that Aimee is the first holder of the term chair as she embodies these qualities and is beloved by her students and colleagues."

Charles Corbett, UCLA Anderson's Area Chair for Decisions, Operations and Technology Management, joined the faculty in 1996.  His research and teaching focuses on the interfaces between operations management, sustainability and entrepreneurship. This includes studying global diffusion of environmental practices, adoption of energy efficiency practices and decision-making behavior among for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs.  He is frequently invited to present seminars and lectures at institutions and conferences worldwide.  In 2008, Corbett was awarded the Citibank Teaching Award for Most Outstanding MBA Teacher. Prior to that, he received several teaching awards including the 2007 Faculty/Staff Partnership Award, bestowed by UCLA's Staff Assembly. He served as Associate Dean of the MBA program from 2004-2006, and is the founding director of the UCLA Leaders in Sustainability graduate certificate program.

Betsy Wood Knapp, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, is founder and CEO of BigPicture Investors, LLC, a management and consulting firm for start-up and early stage companies. She is chair of the UCLA Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors and a circle member of Women & Philanthropy at UCLA. She is also chair of the board of Kreido Biofuels, Inc., an alternative energy company.

Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs passed away on October 24, 2004.  He was the founder and chairman of the board of the Jacobs Engineering Group and the Jacobs Family Foundation.  An active humanitarian and business leader, Jacobs served on several boards, including the UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors, and is the author of The Anatomy of an Entrepreneur. Vi Jacobs, his surviving spouse, said, "Joe would be pleased if he knew that Dr. Corbett has been awarded this term chair. Dr. Corbett's research and teaching represents the kind of innovative thinking, entrepreneurship and values that Joe championed all his life."

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world.  UCLA Anderson faculty members are advancing management thinking through innovative research and teaching.  Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,700 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson prepares global leaders.

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