December 3, 2018


Subject:    Rady Dean Stepping Down

UC San Diego Rady School of Management Dean, Dr. Robert Sullivan has announced that he will conclude his tenure as Dean. While the goal would be to fill the position by June 30, 2019, Dr. Sullivan has graciously agreed to remain in the position until a new Dean is selected. Dr. Sullivan was appointed founding Dean in 2003.

Under Dean Sullivan's leadership, the Rady School has become recognized for its excellence, innovation and impact on the San Diego region and beyond. He previously served as dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dean of the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie Mellon University, and Director of the IC2 Institute and founder of the Texas Telecommunications Policy Institute at the University of Texas, Austin.

The Rady School establishment was in response to the growing need for strong management skills in the technology-driven California economy. The School's charter MBA class enrolled in fall 2004, and that same year the Rady School was named in recognition of a $30 million gift from Evelyn and Ernest Rady and the Rady Family Foundation. Other founding donors include Betty and J. Robert Beyster, Roberta and Malin Burnham, Pauline and Stanley Foster, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Carol and William Stensrud, Charles Brandes, the Wells Fargo Foundation, and Professor Harry Markowitz. The San Diego community has been central to the immense and growing success of the Rady School.

"Dean Sullivan has been a fantastic dean, fulfilling a need in our community for leaders in the innovation economy and creating more value than anyone could have imagined," said Ernest Rady, President and CEO of American Assets Trust and President of the Rady School Dean's Advisory Council. "I, and the entire community, are grateful to Dean Sullivan for all he has done for San Diego and past, present and future students of the Rady School of Management."

Since its founding, the Rady School of Management has distinguished itself as a pioneer in a new model of business education. The School's concentration in innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration has led to rapid success, borne by outstanding achievements of its students, faculty and alumni. It has leveraged and built on the interdisciplinary strengths by offering a wide array of full- and part-time MBA programs, master's degree programs in finance, business analytics, and accountancy, and a Ph.D. program. The Rady School also offers undergraduate minor programs, and operates innovation initiatives under the California Institute for Innovation and Development. These include the Lab to Market initiative, the Rady Venture Fund, the Triton Innovation Challenge and three Rady accelerators, which have led to the generation of new startup companies. Since the Rady School's inception, more than 160 companies have been founded by Rady Alumni that continue to operate, raise capital, and have impact.

We look forward to working with Dean Sullivan during this transition and for his continued involvement with UC San Diego. We are grateful for his impactful service as founding Dean of the Rady School of Management. A national search for his successor will be launched shortly.

Pradeep K. Khosla

Elizabeth H. Simmons
Executive Vice Chancellor