University of California, San Diego


October 19, 2001


SUBJECT:  UCSD Graduate School of Management

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that The Regents have approved the establishment of a Graduate School of Management at UCSD. This benchmark in UCSD's history is the result of visionary thinking and intensive preparation. I congratulate Professor Peter Cowhey, who chaired the planning committee; the UCSD administrators, faculty, staff and students who participated in this effort; the San Diego Division of the Academic Senate, which elevated and endorsed the proposal; and our community advisors whose encouragement and insights were invaluable.

The following news release gives further details about the School.

                                                Robert C. Dynes


October 17, 2001

Media Contact: Dolores Davies, 858.534.5994 or ddavies@ucsd.edu


The University of California Board of Regents today approved plans for a new graduate school of management at the UC San Diego campus, which is expected to open its doors to its first class of students in September 2003.

The Regents' vote included the approval of preliminary plans for the construction of a building to house the school, to be located in the northwest part of the campus. The new building will be funded entirely from philanthropic gifts.

The Management School will offer a variety of full-time, part-time and executive programs leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. A small PhD program linked to faculty members' research emphases will also be offered. The school also will offer joint degree programs with UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering, School of Medicine, and Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.

"The Management School will respond to the growing need of California industry for personnel with strong management skills in the high technology and biotechnology sectors," said Robert C. Dynes, chancellor for UCSD. "After extensive consultation with industry and community members, it became clear to us that there was a strong demand for employees who are skilled in technology and have management skills as well. This program will allow us to continue the UC tradition of supporting the growth of technology-intensive enterprises by providing specialized training to meet new needs in the marketplace."

According to Dynes, the School would be nurtured by the dynamic science and technology-based industry in the San Diego region. As the San Diego economy becomes more and more technology driven, combining research and development, product innovation and commercialization, and transfer of technology to global firms through technology licensing, there is an increased need for training that addresses these new challenges confronting managers.

"In the coming decades, the field of management must give special attention to the impact of dynamic technological change, the greater importance of new entrants in large markets, and the rapid expansion of even smaller and newer firms into the global markets," said Peter Cowhey, chair of UCSD's School of Management steering committee. "We will respond to these challenges by emphasizing a combination of disciplinary and industry-specific research, innovative teaching, and a special emphasis on joint degree programs to provide specialized training attuned to technology and global markets. In addition, our school should contribute substantially to retaining the talent we have in San Diego and in deepening the human capital pool of the region."

According to Cowhey, a professor and incoming dean of UCSD's Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, UCSD will begin recruiting a dean and faculty this year. UCSD envisions enrolling the first cohort of 100 full-time students in the fall of 2003. Approximately 50 part-time students and executives will also be enrolled at this time. At steady state - targeted for 2011-12 - the school will enroll 600 full-time students, 500 students in the part-time and executive MBA programs, and 50 students in the Ph.D. program.