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

Gift will establish the Easton Technology Leadership Program

UCLA Anderson School of Management has received a $2 million gift from James and Phyllis Easton--Jim Easton is the Chairman and CEO of Jas. D. Easton, Inc. This 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 Dean Judy Olian. "We're especially indebted to Jim for his vision and leadership at the school."

"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."