Eric Mokover '80

2016 Outstanding Alumni Service Award

Eric Mokover '80
College Admissions Consultant, Counselor, and Partner, Headed for College

Eric Mokover '80

Few people have had as lasting an impact on the lives of UCLA Anderson students and alumni over the past 35 years than Eric Mokover. He liked to tell people that he couldn’t keep a job, and indeed the diversity of positions he held at UCLA was remarkable. Many remember Eric as an energetic and highly effective Director of Admissions from 1981-1991 where the UCLA MBA Program grew into being a truly national and international powerhouse. He then changed roles to become Assistant Dean and Director of the MBA Program and Dean of Students for the next 12 years, where he managed all student services. In 2003, following the infamous “Dot Bomb,” Eric was asked to take over the leadership of the Parker Career Management Center during a difficult recession. As he puts it, “Nobody else would take that job!” Eric reignited a meaningful relationship between John Parker, the career center’s namesake and the school and initiated career services for FEMBA and EMBA students. Within a short period of time the Parker CMC was transformed and student career outcomes soared. Eric’s personal relationships had a lot to do with those successes.

In 2010, Eric transitioned to become Associate Dean for External Affairs and Executive Director of Alumni Relations, a perfect position for him at the time because he “knows almost everybody.”  He motivated a team of people who put on over 300 alumni events a year world-wide, and energized the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network like never before.  Eric says, “I loved every one of those jobs for different reasons. But most importantly, I was passionate about working with students and alumni and I love UCLA.” 

Eric served as a trustee of the Graduate Management Admission Council, was an original Board Member of the MBA Enterprise Corps, a program modeled after the Peace Corps that sent recent MBA graduates to emerging democracies to help people start and grow businesses.  He was Chair of PIM (Program in International Management) a consortium of over 50 international business schools, and served as Chair of the Edmund Muskie Fellowship Program, a program that brought students from the former Soviet Union to the United States, soon after the breakup of the Soviet Union, among other positions.

As a loyal Bruin, Eric worked closely with UCLA Athletics and coaches in all sports to help them recruit top athletes. He was part of the team that successfully recruited the likes of Troy Aikman, Jonathan Ogden (both now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame), Don McLean, Jordan Farmar, among others.  Former Head Football Coach Terry Donahue called Eric his secret weapon.

Upon retiring from UCLA in 2013, Eric joined two partners at Headed for College, a thriving independent college counseling consultancy started by Jennifer Tabbush ’91. In a sense he has returned to his roots, but on the opposite side of the fence, where he counsels high school students on the road to college. His students are from all over the world, and many are the children of UCLA Anderson alumni. 

Eric is a graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, NY and received his MBA from UCLA Anderson in 1980.  He is the proud father of sons Alex and Nicholas, both grown and doing what they love.