Dean Sullivan Re-Elected to AACSB Board of Directors

Rady School Dean Sullivan was one of 10 prominent management education and business professionals the AACSB elected to its board of directors for 2009-2010. Founded in 1916, AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, accredits 559 collegiate business schools in 32 countries and is governed by an international board of directors.

Dean Sullivan was re-elected for a three-year term, which will begin on July 1, 2009. To read the full list of elected officers and board members, visit

Rady MBA Wins Japanese Global Research Competition

Tetsuo Mizumuna (Full-Time ’09) was given a best research award by the Global Business Research Institution, a leading independent research institution in Japan, formed by the former vice minister of economy. The competition was supported by the Ministry of Economy Japan, JETRO, Samsung Japan, Sumitomo, 3M, Nissan and others.

Competition entries were asked to make a proposal to revitalize the Japanese economy, with a focus on policies to promote foreign direct investment.

For his entry, Mizunuma conducted research on the history of Japanese market liberalization, explaining foreign exchange, tariff rate and commerce laws, and how they impacted the Japanese economy. Based on his research, he concluded that Japan needs to dramatically relax employment and immigration laws, and made practical suggestions for these revisions.

The best research award came with a $5,000 prize. A banquet was held in Tokyo, attended by senior government officers and directors of top banks. Mizunuma is continuing to write on financial topics — he is one of the student authors for the Rady Business Journal, which will be published this summer.

Spring Brings Opportunities to Support Student Scholars

The Rady School will be host a special community event, the Pinnacle Awards and Alumni Gala on May 17. The goal of the event is to raise funds for student scholarships.

The Pinnacle Awards and Alumni Gala, is an awards ceremony honoring outstanding community and alumni leaders, over dinner and live entertainment. This event will recognize those who embrace Rady’s values of innovation, leadership, collaboration, integrity, risk-taking and impact.

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Beyster Employee Ownership Annual Conference Comes to Portland in April

Over 700 employee ownership experts and practitioners will gather in Portland April 22–24 for the 2009 Employee Ownership Conference, presented by the Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management and the National Center for Employee Ownership. This three-day event features over 60 breakout sessions on a variety of topics, a keynote presentation by Southwest Airlines president emeritus Colleen Barrett and opportunities to network with the leaders of innovative employee-owned companies and the top employee ownership advisers in the country.

Widely known as a dynamic forum for learning about employee ownership, the conference emphasizes practical techniques for operating employee-owned businesses successfully. This year’s conference will offer tips on how to harness the motivational power of employee ownership to weather current economic challenges.

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