Rady School of Management at UC San Diego Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Reception

Rady School's 10th Anniversary Celebration

The Rady School of Management celebrated its 10th anniversary with a reception on November 1, 2013 to mark the unparalleled success the school has achieved in its first decade. The celebration was attended by Rady School founding Dean Robert S. Sullivan, Rady School founding donor Ernest Rady and UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, former UC San Diego Chancellors Marye Anne Fox and Richard Atkinson, as well as Rady School students, alumni, faculty and school supporters.

The reception took place in the Rady School’s Burnham Courtyard and featured live music, festive food and signature Rady School cocktails, the Lab-to-Martini and Rady-O-Active. Rady students and alumni, who are part of the inaugural StartR business accelerator class, gave moving testimonials about what they hope to achieve through the program.

Chancellor Khosla, Rady Dean Sullivan and Ernest Rady also spoke to the crowd and reflected on the school’s past decade.

“UC San Diego is one campus with multiple pillars of excellence and the Rady School of Management is one of those pillars,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “In only 10 years, the Rady School has helped to advance UC San Diego’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, providing a preeminent business education to hundreds of graduates and contributing to the economic vitality of our community.”

Since its founding, the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego 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 out by outstanding achievements of its students, faculty and alumni.

The past decade has held many accomplishments for the Rady School, including the prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the launch of more than 60 companies and more than 100 intrepreneurial products and services by students and alumni, the construction of the Rady School campus and the recognition of outstanding faculty research through national and international publications.

“In this first decade, our school, students and alumni have accomplished much,” said Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan. “And although I am eager to begin helping facilitate the next 10 years’ successes, it is important to pause, reflect and celebrate this milestone.”

The school has achieved its present level of excellence thanks to the generosity of visionary leaders who made founding investments in the school. The Rady School was named in recognition of a $30 million gift announced in 2004 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 and the Wells Fargo Foundation.

"After a mere 10 years, I am in awe of what the Rady School has accomplished and its impact locally and globally,” said Ernest Rady. “My wife and I feel privileged and proud to be a part of this magnificent endeavor and express our sincere gratitude and admiration for the dean and his colleagues.”

The Rady School has also received extraordinary support from the San Diego community over the past ten years. To date, more than $90 million has been raised, funding faculty recruitment, student fellowships and providing a physical home for the Rady School and an environment to facilitate learning.  The successes in the first 10 years have placed the Rady School of Management on a trajectory that will continue to achieve and serve as a pillar of higher education and innovation within the UC San Diego campus, the San Diego community and beyond. The Rady School will continue to develop new initiatives, launch exciting new products and services and strengthen bonds with the local science and technology community.

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