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Campaign in Honor of Alfred E. Osborne, Jr.
 
After 50 years at UCLA Anderson, Senior Associate Dean Alfred E. Osborne, Jr. will be retiring in June. During his time at UCLA, Al has served in many roles in which he has been an institution builder and a catalyst for innovation. He is the founder and faculty director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, a role he has held for 35 years. He holds an appointment as professor of global economics, management and entrepreneurship, and has been senior associate dean for almost two decades, overseeing key initiatives including development, alumni relations and executive education. He has also served as assistant dean and associate dean of the MBA programs, as well as UCLA Anderson’s interim dean, and as a trusted advisor to countless boards, executives, colleagues and friends.

It is time to honor his legacy at Anderson.
GOAL
 
To honor Al and the impact he has had on generations of leaders, we are seeking to raise $10 million. We invite you to join in celebrating his legacy by supporting the following areas:

ALFRED E. OSBORNE, JR. FUND IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION AT THE PRICE CENTER (90719E)

As founder and faculty director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Al has indelibly shaped the scope of entrepreneurship and innovation at UCLA. Anderson and the Price Center work together to provide a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum for students who seek to found, grow, finance and advise entrepreneurial ventures. The Price Center provides research support for faculty and Ph.D. students, supports a wide range of experiential and extracurricular learning activities in partnership with the Entrepreneur Association and the Venture Accelerator, and offers management development programs for the leaders of entrepreneurial organizations. Your support of the Osborne Fund will provide the Price Center with the resources necessary to fund important priorities, including curriculum development, experiential learning, fellowships and research, while maintaining its position at the forefront of entrepreneurial education.

ALFRED E. OSBORNE, JR. MBA FELLOWSHIP (82916E)

Al has long been a strong advocate of the value of diversity in education and business. With the goal of enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion, the Alfred E. Osborne, Jr. MBA Fellowship was created to support access to higher education for African American students so that they may successfully pursue a graduate degree at UCLA Anderson. The fellowship has been named in Al’s honor to recognize the support that he has provided to African American students for many years. Your contribution to the Osborne Fellowship will help us to attract and retain top MBA candidates and increase the diversity of each MBA class.

THE UCLA ANDERSON VENTURE FELLOWS PROGRAM (90818E)

Al created the Venture Fellows program over 40 years ago to match Anderson MBA students with venture capital firms that could benefit from the skills of talented summer associates. Since the program’s inception, more than 250 students have been placed with sponsoring venture capital firms or their portfolio companies for three-month internships. During their final year at UCLA, fellows take on leadership roles within the Anderson community and develop case studies that contribute to the Anderson entrepreneurial curriculum. Your support of the Venture Fellows program will allow us to increase fellowship support for the Venture Fellows, who are some of UCLA Anderson’s finest MBA candidates.
A few themes have guided Al’s vision and work throughout his decades-long tenure at Anderson:
  • A deep belief in ensuring access to education and health care for all, regardless of circumstance
  • The importance of business/equity ownership and access to capital in facilitating wealth creation (as well as a solid understanding of supply and demand curves!)
  • A desire to assist entrepreneurs and emerging managers in developing an entrepreneurial competence, the combination of an entrepreneurial mindset and foundational management skills, in order to effectively lead their organizations
  • A focus on the inherent good in people and the power of the human spirit
  • The role that philanthropy plays in supporting an equitable society

Al’s academic interests have also led to the creation of a number of management development programs in the areas of corporate governance, minority- and women-owned businesses, and social entrepreneurship, particularly for leaders of Head Start organizations and community health systems in underserved communities. These programs have often brought the Anderson experience to those who might not have been able to pursue a traditional MBA education.

Anderson’s reputation as a globally recognized leader in entrepreneurial education would not have been possible without Al’s visionary leadership. He has recruited and assisted in developing dozens of instructors over the years, taught countless courses himself and secured funding to support the research of many of his colleagues. By embracing the value of extracurricular activities and experiential learning, he has enriched the learning experience of generations of Anderson students.

“Our teaching and research have the ability to transform lives, as we help future entrepreneurial leaders enhance their skills, grow their organizations, create wealth and leave an impact. Please join me in capitalizing these efforts here at UCLA Anderson so that we can continue to support generations of students and scholars to come.”

Alfred E. Osborne, Jr.
Senior Associate Dean
Professor and Faculty Director
Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Osborne Campaign Committee
 

EX OFFICIO
Antonio Bernardo
Dean, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Alfred E. Osborne, Jr.
Senior Associate Dean, UCLA Anderson

Linda Vitti
Chairwoman, The Louis and Harold and Price Foundation

 

CO-CHAIRS
Greg Craig ‘89
Chairman, Price Center Board of Advisors; CEO, Star Energy

Bonnie Vitti
President, Louis and Harold Price Foundation
 

MEMBERS
Bill Cockrum
Adjunct Professor, UCLA Anderson

Mike De Paola ‘94
Founder and CEO, Threshold Worldwide LLC

Bob Deere ‘91
Investment Director and Sr. Portfolio Advisor, Dimensional Fund Advisors

Jeff Deutschman ‘81

Jay Ferguson ‘94
Managing Partner, Vicente Capital Partners

Jim Freedman ‘78
Chairman and Managing Director, Intrepid Investment Bankers

Elaine Hagan ‘91
Associate Dean, UCLA Anderson and Executive Director, Price Center

Pamela Hamamoto ‘90
Former Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva

Kit Jennings ‘80
Principal, Liquid Venture Partners

John Kao ‘87
Founder and CEO, Alignment Healthcare

Derek Kozacko ‘92
Owner and CFO, Corish Electric

Monique Lawshe ‘90
Executive Vice President, GHC Housing Partnera

Daniel Leff ‘01
Managing Partner, Waverley Capital

Mel Lindsey ‘99
Founder and Managing Partner, Nile Capital Group

Nick Memmo ‘90
Managing Partner, Vicente Capital Partners

Eric Mokover ‘80
Former Associate Dean, UCLA Anderson

Pat Morrin ‘90
Member, Price Center Board of Advisors

Tom Peterson ‘85
General Partner, El Dorado Ventures

Vicky Schiff ‘96
Member, Price Center Board of Advisors

Ed Shapiro ‘90
Trustee, The Shapiro Foundation

Eric Wedbush ‘98
CEO and President, Wedbush Capital

Rich Wiley ‘80
Executive Chairman, Sky Leasing

Other Ways to Give
 
Donor-Advised Funds
Wire Transfers
Appreciated Assets/Securities
Company Matching
Gift Bequests/Planned Giving
Charitable Gift Annuities

For more information, contact Caroline Su at (310) 206-9093 or caroline.su@anderson.ucla.edu.

Learn more about the imprint Al has made on UCLA Anderson by visiting
https://www.anderson.ucla.edu/faculty-and-research/global-economics-and-management/faculty/osborne.