Campaign News

February 3, 2009

UCLA Anderson School of Management Receives Additional $2 Million from Jim Easton

Gift will Establish New Technology Leadership Program

LOS ANGELES --UCLA Anderson School of Management Dean Judy Olian today announced a second $2 million gift from Jim Easton, Chairman and CEO of Jas. D. Easton, Inc., on the heels of Mr. Easton's recent $2 million gift to build a state-of-the-art classroom. The second gift will be used to establish the Easton Technology Leadership Program, which will focus on the specific managerial and leadership needs of students with engineering and/or technical backgrounds.

"Beyond his extraordinary philanthropic legacy, Jim has collaborated with our faculty to develop an important program that addresses a real void in management education for technologically focused students at UCLA Anderson, said Olian. "We're especially indebted to Jim for his vision and leadership at the school."

The Easton Technology Leadership Program will offer innovative elective courses and case studies that prepare MBA graduates to succeed in diverse technical environments. The program will draw heavily upon the expertise of faculty in operations and technology management, as well as upon seasoned industry professionals who will bring their experiences into the classroom. Adjunct faculty with industry backgrounds will both teach in the program and assist in its design.

"In my experience in my company's design and manufacturing of high performance sports equipment, I have seen a need for leaders in our research, development, engineering and manufacturing areas who not only possess a knowledge in sports equipment function and an ability to create innovative products, but who also possess strong skills in team management, communication and negotiation." said Easton. "I'm confident that UCLA Anderson offers the best combination of outstanding faculty and students for this unique and comprehensive program to be a success."

"Mr. Easton's exceptional gift to create the Easton Technology Leadership Program enables the faculty in Decisions, Operations and Technology Management (DOTM), together with others at UCLA Anderson, to delve further into the study of leadership and entrepreneurship in engineering, manufacturing and technology companies," said Charles Corbett, professor and area chair for DOTM, and the Joseph J. Jacobs Term Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies. "We are deeply grateful for his commitment to the school -- a gift that is even more valuable in these difficult financial times."

December 5, 2008

Accelerate Campaign Kicks off in San Francisco and New York

Karlheinz and Elisabeth Muhr with Dean OlianAccelerate the Campaign for UCLA Anderson was officially announced by Dean Judy Olian in San Francisco, Menlo Park and New York this month, bringing news from UCLA Anderson to alumni and friends around the country. The campaign initially launched at the Chancellor's Residence on September 25, and has since been kicking-off regionally to share the strategic goals for the school with those in attendance.

On November 5th, approximately 70 alumni, current students and friends joined Dean Olian, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, Senior Associate Dean Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., and hosts Kent and Marie-Jose Baum at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. The following morning, the dean welcomed about 50 more alumni and friends including host Jeff Morris, '79 to the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park.

In New York, almost 90 guests were greeted by the dean at the Museum of the City of New York on November 17. Joining Dean Olian were Senior Associate Dean Al Osborne, Accelerate Co-chair Dick Ziman, Board of Visitors Chair Eugene Rosenfeld and his wife Maxine, UCLA Anderson Alumni Network President Regina Regazzi ('97), and New York Alumni Chapter President, Constantine Malaxos ('96).

All three events announced the school's four strategic goals for the campaign and showed the campaign video to attendees.

Click here for photos of each event.

May 08, 2008

BlackRock's Larry Fink ('76) and his Wife Lori Endow Finance Center with $10 Million

UCLA Anderson's Center for Finance & Investments will be renamed the Laurence D. and Lori W. Fink Center for Finance & Investments

By Tracy Mlakar

Larry and Lori FinkLOS ANGELES - UCLA Anderson received an investment of $10 million from BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink (MBA '76, UCLA '74), and his wife Lori Fink. The gift endows the Center for Finance & Investments, which will be renamed the Laurence D. and Lori W. Fink Center for Finance & Investments in recognition of the Fink's generosity.

See exclusive article in the Financial Times.

Of this gift, $3 million will be used to create the Laurence D. and Lori W. Fink Endowed Chair in Finance pending approval by the academic senate; the remainder will support MBA and PhD fellowships, and provide critical ongoing support for the center and its activities.

"I am deeply grateful for Larry and Lori's extraordinary support for the school," says UCLA Anderson Dean Judy D. Olian. "With their vision and commitment, we will further enhance the reputation of the Center throughout the finance, academic and professional communities, having an impact on national and global financial markets."

Since the center launched in 2006, it has created mutually beneficial synergies between academia and practitioners. Through conferences and newsletters, the center allows the discoveries of the center faculty's relevant and innovative research to be disseminated to practitioners.

"Academic research cannot be insular; it must be relevant and effectively communicated to achieve maximum impact," says Fink. "Lori and I are excited to support the Center in its role of channeling these valuable findings, giving finance professionals an opportunity to gain new perspectives and remain at the forefront of key industry issues."

The center also serves as a bridge to the industry through the development of its future finance leaders. Relationships with the center's Advisory Board, of which Fink has served as its chair since 2006, help students to connect to possible internships or careers in the industry.

A prominent leader on Wall Street, Fink is chairman and CEO of BlackRock, the largest publicly traded investment manager in the U.S. He is also a Trustee of the BlackRock Equity and Bond Fund Complex within the firm's open-end fund family.

Beyond his accomplishments in the finance world, Fink and his wife have been extremely generous philanthropists to the academic and medical communities. Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees at New York University and also as Co-Chairman of the NYU Hospitals Center Board of Trustees. Last year, Fink was the recipient of the John E. Anderson Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest recognition that UCLA Anderson bestows upon alumni.

July 29, 2008

UCLA Anderson School of Management Receives $2 Million from Jim Easton

School to create technology-rich classroom

Jim EastonLOS ANGELES -- UCLA Anderson School of Management Dean Judy Olian today announced a gift of $2 million from Jim Easton, Chairman and CEO of Jas. D. Easton, Inc., a privately owned manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of archery and other sports equipment. The gift will be used to create the Jim Easton Global Connection Classroom, an advanced, technology-enabled learning environment.

"Jim's continued support of UCLA Anderson both through his philanthropy and his leadership on the Board of Visitors has had a tremendous impact on the school," said Olian. "The creation of the Jim Easton Global Connection Classroom will expand and upgrade our teaching and broadcast facilities so that they represent learning tools and connectivity for the 21st century."

The state-of-the-art classroom will include enhanced recording and web casting capabilities, wireless microphones in desks and the ceiling, video conferencing, LED screens, a full sound system, a digital touch screen at the front podium, and a control room to operate three remote cameras. The technology enhancements will enable connections for students and faculty with global students, partners and executives. The multi-use facility will also include the standard technology placed in every Anderson classroom such as in-room projection, computer and VCR connections and power and data ports at all student seats.

"Creating this Global Connection Classroom in which students, faculty and business leaders can actively engage in classroom discussions, no matter where they are located in the world, was an important factor in my decision to give," says Easton. "I believe this technology-rich classroom will increase and enhance the teaching performance of the renowned UCLA Anderson faculty and the learning experience of students worldwide," says Easton.

Easton received his B.S. in engineering from UCLA in '59. He has been a member of UCLA Anderson's a Board of Visitors since 1988, and a generous philanthropist to the school. In recognition of his generosity, he was named one of the Founders of Entrepreneur's Hall in 2005.

February 14, 2008

PIMCO Founder Bill Gross ('71) Makes Unrestricted Gift of $1 Million to UCLA Anderson

Gift will support strategic priorities

Bill GrossLOS ANGELES - UCLA Anderson School of Management Dean Judy Olian today announced that William H. Gross, PIMCO Founder and Co-Chief Investment Officer, has donated an unrestricted gift of $1 million to the school. Dean Olian will use these funds to support several areas vital to the school's strategic plan, such as fostering global partnerships, recruiting and retaining top faculty and students, and enhancing the curriculum.

"Private gifts assure our future as an excellent management program and as a school with a public mission," Olian said in accepting the gift. "Discretionary funds, in particular, provide the flexibility to seize innovative opportunities as they arise, and to continue to enhance the caliber of students, teaching and research."

"Since earning my MBA at Anderson, I've enjoyed maintaining a close relationship with the school and its students," said Gross. "I wanted my gift to have an immediate impact in the areas that will most benefit from a boost in funding, and I strongly believe that unrestricted funds are essential to advance the school."

Gross earned his MBA from UCLA Anderson and has been actively involved in alumni and student activities. Most recently, he delivered the 2007 commencement address for the MBA and Fully-Employed MBA programs. He has also participated as a keynote speaker in the UCLA Anderson Forecast and the inaugural event for the Center for Finance and Investments. Gross was just honored as Morningstar's Fixed Income Manager of the Year Award recipient for an unprecedented third time.

With more than $747 billion assets under management, PIMCO is one of the world's leading fund-management companies. Founded in 1971 and based in Newport Beach, California, the company is owned by Allianz Global Investors, a subsidiary of the Munich-based Allianz Group, a leading global insurance company with nearly $1.5 trillion in assets and represented in 70 countries around the globe.