LOS ANGELES — UCLA Anderson School of Management has received an endowment of $1 million from UCLA alumnus John E. Parker, a longtime friend of the school and a founder of Entrepreneur’s Hall. The purpose of his gift is two-fold; one half will be used to support the ongoing efforts of UCLA Anderson's John E. Parker Career Management Center. The remainder will be used to support the school’s Board of Visitors Discretionary Fund, which is directed by the dean of UCLA Anderson.
Parker’s gift will provide the dean of UCLA Anderson and the director of the Parker Career Management Center with funds to help them fulfill certain goals in the areas of career initiatives, student fellowships, outreach activities, and faculty development among other things.
“We’re delighted that John continues to demonstrate his generosity to UCLA Anderson,” said Alfred E. Osborne, Jr. senior associate dean. “John Parker has developed a lifelong relationship with UCLA and Anderson. His further contributions will enable us to strengthen key programs and provide important support to our career management initiatives.”
Parker is no stranger to UCLA Anderson having, in 1993, initially funded the school’s Parker Career Management Center, which is named for him. He is also a great friend to UCLA, from which he received his bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1950.
“The Parker Career Management Center is near and dear to my heart and I’m delighted to continue to support its vital mission in helping shape the careers of UCLA Anderson graduates and alumni,” said Parker. “I made the gift at this time because it’s important to keep UCLA Anderson and the university going strong in a time of budget cuts.
“I am a loyal Bruin and it’s up to me and my fellow Bruins to support UCLA in a time of need,” added Parker.
In addition to his generous financial contributions to UCLA Anderson and the university, Parker is also philanthropic with his time, commitment and concern. He serves on UCLA Anderson’s Board of Visitors, which is the school’s primary advisory body, and on the UCLA Foundation’s Board of Councillors, which provides opportunities for the university’s most dedicated supporters to maintain close engagement and communication with UCLA.
An eminent entrepreneur and philanthropist, Parker has made remarkable contributions to the business world, his alma mater and his community. He has served as president of Parker Industries Inc. since 1971, managing real estate and investments. His most successful entrepreneurial ventures include numerous real estate holdings in southern California, ownership of Parker Broadcasting (KYXY Radio, San Diego), United Television Broadcasting (Los Angeles), Torrance Nissan, Classic Imports (Modesto) and Parker Advertising.
In addition to his generosity to the UCLA community, Parker, a San Diego area resident, is a dedicated supporter of local charities, including the Humane Society of San Diego, Scripps Clinic and San Diego Historical Society.
About Parker Career Management Center
Parker Career Management Center provides students and alumni with a community for networking and for connecting to employment opportunities, as well as varied resources for career planning and job searches. The center’s staff assists MBA students in integrating their academic study and personal experiences to make significant advances in reaching their long-term career goals, and they ensure that recruiters and their firms obtain the guidance and timely services they need to fill positions within their organizations.
About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is perennially 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. Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,400 students enrolled in full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs and doctoral programs.
UCLA Anderson’s faculty includes outstanding educators and researchers who share their scholarship and expertise in such fundamental areas as finance, marketing, accounting, business economics, decision sciences, operations and technology management, human resources and organizational behavior, information systems, strategy and policy.
Recognizing that the school offers unparalleled expertise in management education, the world’s business community turns to UCLA Anderson School of Management as a center of influence for the ideas, innovations, strategies and talent that will shape the future.