Endowed Faculty Chairs
“UC San Diego is known for the strength of its professional schools, yet a key missing ingredient when I was chancellor was a business school. Creating a top-notch program on the campus is something we're proud to be a part of.”
The Rady School is dedicated to attracting the best faculty to shape its future. To recruit and retain these scholars, Rady must be able to offer market-competitive packages. At UC San Diego, endowed faculty chairs are teaching and research positions occupied by distinguished scholars. Although state funds provide basic faculty salaries, permanent endowed funds created by philanthropic gifts support chairholders' teaching and research.
By creating a reliable source of annual support for the academic and research efforts of distinguished faculty, endowed chairs are integral to the school's ability to attract internationally-recognized experts who are leaders in their fields. The funds generated by an endowed chair can be invested in research, or any other needs at the chairholder's discretion – a powerful incentive to stay with Rady.
“I’ve enjoyed working with the Rady School’s students. The faculty member who holds this chair will have a direct impact on them, and Phyllis and I are glad to help ensure that he or she has the resources necessary to do great work.”
Rady School Endowed Chairs
Generous donor support has funded numerous faculty chairs at the Rady School of Management including:
Arthur C. Brody Chair in Management Leadership
Mr. Brody is president of Brosoar Corporation and chairman of the board of CRS Inc. He is also on the advisory board and one of the founders of Sorrento Ventures in San Diego. Over 60 years ago Brody was the Founder of Brodart Corporation and was the CEO. He was the chairman of the board of Tura, Inc. and was also the former president and CEO of BDI Investment Corporation.
Mr. Brody has long been involved with UC San Diego. He has served a number of years on the UC San Diego Foundation board and was the founding president of the UC San Diego Advisory Library Board. He is a member of the Rady School Dean’s Advisory Council, UC San Diego Campaign Cabinet, UC San Diego Foundation Board of Trustees and Chancellor’s Associates.
Atkinson/Epstein Chair in Management Leadership
The Atkinson/Epstein Chair in Management Leadership at the Rady School of Management was funded by gifts from Drs. Richard and Rita Atkinson and Daniel and Phyllis Epstein. The chair was created to recruit a new key faculty member to the school and has been held since its founding by Professor Allan Timmerman.
Richard Atkinson served as president of the University of California system from 1995-2003, and as chancellor of UC San Diego from 1980-1995. Mr. Epstein is the founder and CEO of ConAm Management Corporation, a San Diego-based apartment management firm that operates approximately 50,000 apartments throughout the United States.
ConAgra Chair in Corporate Governance (Deferred)
Epstein/Atkinson Chair in Management Leadership
The Epstein/Atkinson Chair in Management Leadership was funded by generous gifts from Daniel and Phyllis Epstein and Drs. Rita and Richard Atkinson to the Rady School of Management. The Epstein/Atkinson Chair came a year after the announcement of another chair for the Rady School, also from the Epsteins and Atkinsons. The chair was established to provide the resources to attract a strong faculty member who will enhance the Rady School‘s intellectual capital.
Jerome S. Katzin Chair in Corporate Governance
Jerome Katzin became director of Qualcomm in 1987 and is now retired from the board. For more than 35 years, he worked in investment banking. In addition to Qualcomm, he has been the director of the Price Company and several other national corporations. Mr. Katzin is a long time UC San Diego supporter. He is an emeritus trustee and former chair of the UC San Diego Foundation and serves as a member of the Board of Overseers, Rady School Dean’s Advisory Council, Chancellor’s Associates and Friends of Judaic Studies.
Rady faculty member and Associate Dean David Schkade is the chairholder. The primary focus of his research is on the psychology of judgment and decision making and how decision making can be improved.
Sheryl and Harvey White Chair in Management Leadership
The Sheryl and Harvey White Chair in Management Leadership was established at the Rady School of Management with a gift from Sheryl and Harvey White. Mr. White is a co-founder of Qualcomm and retired chairman and CEO of Leap Wireless International.
Rady faculty member Professor Vish Krishnan is the chairholder and leads the school‘s efforts in the areas of innovation, technology and operations.
Stanley and Pauline Foster Endowed Chair
The Stanley and Pauline Foster Endowed Chair was funded by a generous gift from philanthropist Pauline Foster, president of Foster Investment Group and an active volunteer and friend to UC San Diego. The chair was the first endowed dean's chair at UC San Diego. It funds various programs in the Rady School with the goal of providing students with access to some of the world‘s most respected business leaders. The chair is held by Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan.
The biennial Stanley Foster Symposium, featuring topical executive level speakers and focusing on important issues, will be one program supported by the gift.
Stanley Foster, a respected leader in the San Diego business community, was a champion of honesty and integrity in business, which prompted Mrs. Foster to endow the dean‘s chair. Mr. Foster‘s entrepreneurial spirit created dramatic growth in his family business and he was an early visionary in the redevelopment of downtown San Diego.
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