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Lyman Porter's Lasting Legacy


Lyman Porter was not only Dean of UC Irvine's Graduate School of Administration (GSA) -- later named the Graduate School of Management (GSM) and now The Paul Merage School of Business -- from 1972 to 1983, but he was also a professor, advisor, mentor and friend to all who came into contact with him, particularly his students.


In addition to his many achievements as Dean, Porter (or “Port” as he likes to be called) is credited as the “founding father” of the Corporate Partners Program. Port introduced the Corporate Partners Program in 1981. He recognized the importance of connecting with the corporate community and initiated the program to ensure its involvement with GSM. The Corporate Partners Program celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special event in April, 2012, and Port was honored at this event for his strong vision, leadership and continued involvement with the Merage School.


With the support of Leon LaPorte ’77, retired United States Army general, the Merage School proudly announces the “Friends of Lyman Porter Project” designed to recognize the lasting impact Port made at the Merage School/GSM/GSA.


In early 2013, we broke ground on the new Merage School building that will serve as a place of collaboration between students, faculty, alumni and the greater business community. The top floor of the building will house a research colloquia room that we will name in honor of Port. The colloquia room will be used for executive briefings, board meetings, research colloquia, and various events showcasing the school’s corporate and research partners.

To honor Port, we will raise more than $300,000 to name the colloquia room after him.


We invite you to participate in the “Friends of Lyman Porter Project” and help us to honor Port’s vision and lasting legacy!


Please contact Sandra Findly at 949.824.8880 or for more information about the project.



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