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New Dean Appointed at UCR A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management


New Dean Appointed at UCR A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management

(February 2, 1999)

Donald H. Dye, a lifelong Riversider and former chief executive officer of Callaway Golf Company, has accepted an appointment as Interim Dean of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Riverside.

"It's a marvelous coincidence that he was available at the time we needed to make a change in the deanship," said Executive Vice Chancellor David H. Warren. Dye replaces David Mayers, who has served as Interim Dean for the past two years at Warren's request. "Professor Mayers has provided wonderful leadership during this time, but I respect his desire to return to his first love, which is teaching and research," Warren said.

Dye, 56, will begin his term March 1.

"I have been fortunate to have enjoyed two distinct careers thus far in my life; lawyer and businessman," Dye said. "However, I believe the challenges and opportunities facing me in this new position potentially hold the greatest reward and satisfaction. I believe that UCR, Riverside and the Inland Empire have great promise in the 21st Century and I look forward to playing a role in finding that promise."

Prior to joining Callaway Golf in 1991, Dye served in the U.S. Air Force as a staff judge advocate, trial counsel and military judge. Dye was a partner at Reid, Babbage and Coil in Riverside, the predecessor to Reid and Hillyer; and a founding and senior partner at Dye, Thomas, Luebs & Mort, also in Riverside. He left in 1991 to become vice chairman and chief operating officer at Callaway Golf Company, where he was already general counsel. In 1993, he became the company's president and in 1996, its chief executive officer.

During his tenure Callaway Golf Company grew from 200 to 3,000 employees and annual revenues jumped from $54 million to $843 million. In 1996, Dye received the Entrepreneurial Success Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration in recognition of the success of Callaway Golf.

He left that post in October, 1998, but continues as a consultant to the company. Dye is a trustee of the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, which owns and operates Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Dye earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science at the University of California, Berkeley and his law degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been a longtime friend and donor to UCR and to the UCR/California Museum of Photography.

One immediate need for the Anderson Graduate School of Management is to organize into departments, a process that has already begun but must be finished early this year with Dye's leadership, Warren said. At that point, the school will begin a search for a permanent dean.


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