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AGSM Rolls Out Strategic Plan

UCR Business School Launches Strategic Plan with Help from Corporate Leaders

The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management announces its public roll out of goals, objectives and measurements on Thursday Jan. 15 with keynote address from MySpace executive.

(January 13, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – In keeping with its mission for continued growth and service to the region, UCR’s A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) has finalized a long-term strategic plan and will announce the details Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Various Southern California business leaders will attend, including keynote speaker and UCR alumnus Eric Christensen, executive vice president, MySpace.

“Because we believe that great business schools are built on a foundation of partnerships and collaboration, we brought together an impressive who’s who in business to the table as we put together our strategic plan,” said David Stewart, AGSM dean. “In return, they provided us with creative ideas to ensure growth for the business school and for the Inland region.”

Stewart emphasized that not only has the school set forth ambitious initiatives to better serve and prepare for growth in the region, but also measurable actions to progress toward those initiatives. Some of these measurements include reputation of academic programs, brand equity, alliance with external stakeholders, campus visibility, and employee and student satisfaction.

“We see our role as vital to the development of Inland Southern California and the global economy,” Stewart said. “We have the opportunity to provide a living laboratory in the areas of supply chain management, web commerce, behavioral decision research, empirical finance, and auditing and assurance.”

AGSM expanded its faculty 25 percent in 2008 and has experienced a 30 percent increase in enrollment in its MBA program. The school is also launching a new Executive MBA program that will begin classes in Fall 2009.

“We will continue to add necessary programs that enable us to develop diverse leaders, propel research-based innovation and promote sustainable growth in the region,” Stewart said.

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