Innovate Collaborate Grow



Distinguished Speaker Series


Cynthia Stoddard



Senior Vice President and

Chief Information Officer


March 4, 2015


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UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business combines the academic strengths and best traditions of the University of California with the cutting-edge, entrepreneurial spirit of Orange County in the heart of America’s Tech Coast. Four dynamic MBA programs – plus PhD, undergraduate business and several specialized Master’s degrees – deliver the School’s thematic approach to business education: sustainable growth through strategic innovation. The Merage School consistently ranks among the top 5% of accredited business schools in the U.S., and boasts a world-class faculty, strong alumni network and close individual and corporate relationships.

In the 2015 Financial Times Global MBA rankings report, The Paul Merage School of Business was ranked among the top 25 business schools in the U.S. In addition, the Merage School is the #1 school in the world for percentage of women faculty. The Merage School also ranked 7th in the U.S. for salary increase and 25th in the U.S. for faculty research. Also, U.S. News & World Report announced in its 2013 rankings report that the Executive MBA program ranked 25th in the U.S.

At the Merage School, we graduate leaders with the exceptional ability to help grow their organizations through strategic innovation — supported by analytical decision-making, information technology and collaborative execution, and enhanced by a highly-personalized learning environment. In-class and on-site experiences with real-world business issues give our students the edge needed to help companies compete in today’s global economy.

Seven Centers of Excellence, Executive Education programs and a variety of conferences and colloquia provide numerous opportunities for students and the business community at large to enhance their education experience and update their professional expertise.


The Merage School’s new building initiative, Building for the Future, is slated for completion during the 2014-2015 academic year. The initiative will take this remarkable business school to new heights of excellence in student learning opportunities, faculty research, community engagement, and facilities and grounds.

We devote our resources and research to solving societal issues, and together with our alumni and the business community, we are proud to launch the next generation of professionals who will have a positive impact in business as well as in society as a whole.