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AGSM Receives $3.1 Million Gift


UCR’s A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management Receives $3.1 Million Gift

The A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation made the substantial pledge in support of Dean David W. Stewart’s vision for planned growth at the School.

(November 1, 2007)

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UCR's A. Gary Anderson School of Management.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management has received a $3.1 million gift from the A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation, which will be used to support an Endowed Chair in Finance as well as for scholarship funding. The Foundation had previously given a generous endowment to the School of Management in 1994, after which the School was named after A. Gary Anderson, the founder of Director’s Mortgage.

“The A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation is excited about the future of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management with you being at the helm, and for the first time in years, we are more than optimistic,” wrote Foundation President and COO Erik K. Anderson and Chairman/CEO Erin J. Lastinger in a letter to Dean David W. Stewart.

Stewart, who assumed the deanship in July 2007, has already assembled a senior academic leadership team and filled a number of critically important staff positions within AGSM. He has also launched an aggressive recruiting campaign designed to bring new faculty members to the School.

“We are extremely grateful to the Anderson Family and the Foundation for its continued generosity. This gift will provide us with much needed resources to build our faculty and improve and expand our education mission,” said Stewart. “The School will only achieve its potential to contribute to the community and the education mission of UCR if the community steps forward to provide support. The Anderson Family gift represents a powerful example of this support. We are thankful for both the financial support and the signal it sends to our community.”

With the gift, Stewart plans to add several new programs to AGSM’s portfolio and to build a unique identity for the School around the development and management of growth opportunities. “Such an identity would be very consistent with the School’s location in a rapidly growing region that faces all of the growth markets of the future and has all of the growth industries for the future in its backyard,” said Stewart.

The School was recently named one of the top 25 graduate business programs from among 900 top universities in the country by Entrepreneur Magazine and the Princeton Review.

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