Anderson School Announces $100 Million Campaign

Late last month, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management announced the launch of The Accelerate Campaign, which aims to raise private funds for the school’s strategic priorities: to accelerate the impact of management thinking, develop future leaders, form global partnerships and strengthen the connections to alumni and friends.

In support of these goals, the school is raising funds for faculty chairs, endowed research centers and student fellowships, faculty research, teaching excellence, and global initiatives.  The campaign will conclude in 2010, the year of the school’s 75th anniversary.

“The complexity of the demands for business and organizational leadership is especially evident in these times of global market turbulence.  UCLA Anderson is committed and obligated to preparing our graduates for the challenges of leadership in business and financial institutions, non-profits and communities all over the world,” said Dean Judy Olian, speaking at a kickoff event hosted at UCLA Chancellor Gene Block‘s residence.

“As a public institution, we must bridge the funding gap to assure our excellence, and to preserve the special mission of the school.  For this, we rely heavily on the extraordinarily generous support of our alumni and friends, who are actively engaged in shaping the bold plans for our future.” Olian announced that $46 million has already been raised toward the $100 million goal.

Chancellor Block described the ambitious campaign as essential for UCLA Anderson to remain among the world’s top management schools. “UCLA Anderson is outstanding in faculty, students and innovative programs that extend around the world. The school’s leadership has outlined a bold strategic plan for the future. The campaign will ensure that their vision can be realized, despite shrinking public funds, and that UCLA Anderson will continue to be a leader in contemporary management education.”

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