The current financial crisis hangs ominously over all of us. Who will survive and who
during these uncertain times?
If you think for a moment about today's most successful people and organizations,
you realize there exists a simple yet elegant commonality between them – Innovation
Innovation is a hallmark of the individuals and companies who succeed despite the
environment by adapting and acting flexibly to take advantage of opportunities even
in a downturn.
Within our programs at The Paul Merage School of Business, we are dedicated to
graduating business leaders with the exceptional ability to help grow their organizations
through strategic innovation – supported by analytical decision-making, information
technology and collaborative execution. These concepts are enhanced by our
highly-personalized learning environment and are embodied in our powerful theme:
Innovation to shape the future; Personalization to shape you.
As leaders of the world's foremost companies grapple with how to sustain growth
in the face of global innovation, the Merage School is enhancing its curriculum and surrounding students with world-class
faculty and innovative business leaders. We continue to partner with the vibrant Orange County business community to create
a platform for new leaders to launch powerful, successful business strategies. Together we are fostering an environment
geared toward innovation, one that will transform our School, our students and our partners from "already excellent," to
Where Do We Go From Here?
State Controller and Merage School Dean Predict Challenges Ahead for California and Orange County
Andy Policano, dean of The Paul Merage School of Business, and California State Controller John Chiang shared a challenging economic outlook with a sold out crowd during the Economic Outlook Revisited: Changing Strategies for Changing Times conference held at The Pacific Club in late July.
"We [the state] have taken the easy way out by borrowing and now that has come to roost," said Chiang who stated his goal was to keep California from defaulting on its debt. "The worst thing that can happen is that the State would default," said Chiang who is taking steps to try and avoid that outcome.
Many of our events and seminars fill up quickly. To guarantee your ticket, please register as soon as possible.
MBA Programs Information Sessions
invite prospective students for full-time, fully employed and executive MBA programs starting in both spring and fall of 2009.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2009
Alumni Reunion 2009
– Members of the classes ending in 4 or 9 from 1969 to 2009 are invited to gather with staff and faculty to share memories and more.
for more information.
OCTOBER 1, 2009
"Comparative Effectiveness: Lessons from Abroad
" – One day conference hosted by the Center for Health Care Management and Policy featuring an international panel.
for registration information.
OCTOBER 29, 2009
CIWM Conference Series
– Save the date for the next luncheon conference featuring a special guest speaker (soon to be announced).
for the latest details.
NOVEMBER 5, 2009
Distinguished Speaker Series –Neel Grover, CEO of buy.com. Visit merage.uci.edu/go/DSS
for more information.
Vijay Gurbaxani named Taco Bell Endowed Professor
Vijay Gurbaxani, Professor of Information Systems and Computer Science and Director of the Center for Research on IT and Organizations (CRITO), has been appointed Taco Bell Endowed Professor at The Paul Merage School of Business by Chancellor Michael V. Drake, MD, effective July 1, 2009. The endowment will enable Gurbaxani to further facilitate collaboration between the Merage School and the extensive IT and technology business community in and around Orange County.
Gurbaxani is an accomplished professor with extensive experience in management education and advisory services. He has lectured worldwide on management issues, taught extensively in degree and executive education programs, consulted for and provided research expertise to many organizations, and been a visiting scholar at the business schools at Stanford University and at MIT.
EMBA Programs Hits a Trifecta
The Executive MBA Program is growing and the School is proud to announce the following three outstanding talents have joined the team:
joins the Merage School as the Associate Director, Executive MBA Admissions, and will serve on the Program Management team to identify and recruit qualified Executive MBA students. Pitteloud comes to the Merage School with a combination of expertisein small-business growth advising, coaching, and consulting. Her professional experience includes Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at the International Institute for Management Development, (IMD), in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she was responsible for recruiting full-time MBA students.
Pitteloud earned a BA in business communications from Michigan State University and a MA in Organizational Leadership from Biola University.
has been selected as Director of Program Services for the Executive MBA Programs. Bell is responsible for logistics and operations of program management including scheduling, faculty and university policies and procedures.
For the past sixteen years Bell has served as the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Business Programs, Director of the Full-Time MBA Program overseeing both Admissions and Student Services, Director of MBA Program and Student Services for all MBA Programs, and he has an ongoing role as the Director of MBA Financial Aid. Prior to coming to the Merage School, Bell was Assistant Director of Financial Aid at UC Irvine and Director of Financial Aid at Orange Coast Community College.
UC Irvine Gets a Boost from the Merage School
has accepted a position as Student Affairs Officer. Together with Marty Bell, Regnier is responsible for logistics for both the Executive MBA and Health Care Executive MBA programs and student needs.
Prior to joining the Merage School, Regnier managed the internal purchasing,travel and credit card programs for Intuit in San Diego, where he served as a business analyst for accounts payable and managed the company's credit card program.
Doug earned his BA in Art History at UC Santa Barbara.
Dean Sharon Salinger from the Division of Undergraduate Education expressed her enthusiasm about the large number of quality applicants to the Merage School's new Business Administration major. As a result, UC Irvine's freshman admission rates are rivaling those of UCLA and UC Berkeley.
Other Faculty on the Move
Operations Management, has accepted the role of Associate Dean of Undergraduate Program effective July 1, 2009, for a renewable two year term. So will oversee the vision, strategy, curriculum and academic matters for the undergraduate major and the two undergraduate minors in the Merage School. In this role, he will work closely with the Area Coordinators, the Undergraduate Programs Committee and Programs Office, and the Dean's Office. So will also join the Merage School's strategy team and serve on the Faculty Advisory Committee in his new role as Associate Dean.
Professor Mort Pincus
will take a well-deserved sabbatical upon completion of his role as Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program. Pincus has led the development of the Merage School's new undergraduate major, which boasts the highest freshman GPA on campus. Pincus also oversaw the highly successful minor program which, at over 500 strong, constitutes one of the largest minors on campus, again with excellent students.
Professor Robin Keller
has agreed to be the new PhD Program Director, starting July 1, 2009, for a renewable two-year term. Keller received her PhD from UCLA and has been at UC Irvine since 1982. She is a renowned researcher in the area of Decision Analysis, and has served our School in a number of important roles, the last main one being as the Associate Dean for our Full-Time MBA program. She is enthusiastic and passionate about our PhD program, and has a great history of working with and helping our PhD students. She will play a leading role as our school continues to streamline and improve our PhD program.
Professor Alladi Venkatesh
has been a passionate and able leader serving as the Director of the Merage School PhD Program for three years. We wish him well as he steps down and embarks on a one-year sabbatical. Venkatesh worked diligently to streamline many aspects of the program and has improved the time-to-graduation and placements. He worked with other academic units on campus, such as Department of Statistics, School of Social Sciences, and School of Social Ecology, to make it easier for our students to take courses in these units. Among his other initiatives, he started the Research Fest, a day-long event attended by Merage School alumni, faculty, students and community from other units on campus. Venkatesh's service to our school has been exemplary.