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Banker to Take on New Task

UCR’s Business School Dean Takes on New Assignment

Rajiv Banker will Advise Chancellor on Regional Economic Development Issues

(January 18, 2005)

Rajiv Banker

Rajiv Banker

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Rajiv D. Banker, dean of UC Riverside’s A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, will take on a new economic development assignment for the university, it was announced yesterday.

“We’re delighted Dean Banker has agreed to advise the chancellor in this important area,” said Ellen Wartella, executive vice chancellor and provost, noting that regional economic development is one of Chancellor France Córdova’s key goals.

Banker in November announced three initiatives designed to strengthen his school’s ties with the Inland Empire business community: a Dean’s Leadership Council, a Center for Banking and Financial Services and a Center for Asian American Business Studies.

Wartella said she is in negotiations with a faculty member to assume day-to-day administration of the school for the duration of Banker’s assignment.

Banker joined UCR a year ago from the University of Texas, Dallas, where he held an endowed chair and was director of accounting and information management programs in the School of Management.

The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management offers an M.B.A. program enrolling more than 100 students and works with the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences to offer an undergraduate major in business administration for approximately 2,300 students.

UCR is one of only two University of California campuses that offer an undergraduate business administration major, and the school of management in 2003 received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The management school’s 32 faculty also conduct basic and applied research in management, accounting, marketing, finance and management information systems.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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