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Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCR chooses two executives as 2000-2001 Fellows

Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCR chooses two executives as 2000-2001 Fellows

(October 16, 2000)

Editor's Note: The installation ceremony is not open to the general public, but reporters and photographers are welcome to attend.

University of California, Riverside Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach will install Redlands entrepreneur Jack Dangermond and Temecula Valley banking executive Joan Sparkman as the 2000-2001 Fellows of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management.

The installation ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m., Nov. 3 at University Extension, 1200 University Ave., Riverside.

The Fellows program, founded in 1992, seeks to complement faculty teaching at the Anderson Graduate School of Management with the professional vision and experience of some of the most respected business leaders in the country. Fellows spend a minimum of one day each academic quarter on campus teaching classes and consulting with students and faculty.

Dangermond is the founder and president of ESRI, a Redlands-based firm at the forefront of the mapping software field known as geographic information systems (GIS). Founded in 1969, ESRI developed one of the industry's most widely used mapping software with more than 200,000 systems on personal computers and computer networks worldwide. Dangermond is recognized both in academia and in the industry as an authority on GIS, authoring hundreds of papers published in journals and presented at conferences in a variety of fields.

Sparkman is the Vice President for Business Development at Temecula Valley Bank with deep roots in the business, political, and academic communities of Riverside County. Sparkman's past activities during her 43 years in Riverside County include being former president of the Temecula Valley Economic Development Corporation, sitting on the Riverside County District Attorney's Advisory Committee, and a 22-year seat on the Temecula Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees. She holds current membership positions on the UCR Executive Roundtable and on the UCR Bio-Medical Advisory Board.

The California Legislature selected Sparkman Woman of the Year in 1986 and 1999. She has represented the Temecula Valley Grape Growers Association on issues surrounding the Glassy Winged Sharpshooter's spread of Pierces' disease, which has caused significant damage to the state's grape industry.

Each year, graduate school of management faculty and staff nominate candidates for installation as Fellows. The school's Executive Committee then votes on these nominees. UCR Chancellor Orbach confirms the selections and installs them as Fellows.

For more information, call Judy Bliss at the A.Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, (909) 787-4592, ext. 2501.

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