Message from the Dean
Dear alumni, students and friends:
Since its founding in 1986, CLU's School of Business has proudly served its mission to produce graduates well prepared to succeed in their personal and professional lives. This is why we are so pleased to announce that during the 2011-2012 Silver Anniversary academic year, we will be celebrating the achievements of the School through special events, lectures and communications and by unveiling its new name!
Over the past 25 years, the School has grown substantially in size, quality and reputation. Programmatically, we have grown from the single part-time evening MBA program to a broad portfolio of graduate programs in Business Administration, Financial Planning Computer Science, Economics, and Information Systems and Technology. In addition, we now deliver our programs in flexible formats on campus, online and internationally. CLU is increasingly a destination of choice for full-time graduate study by both domestic and international students. We have also continuously updated our undergraduate programs and strengthened our research and service commitments to the community by adding the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting to our other centers and programs.
We are also extremely proud of the quality of our faculty. They are recognized leaders and published educators in a variety of national and international research journals, and they are truly dedicated to teaching. In addition to strong academic credentials, they have impressive records of experience and performance in the "real world." With small classes and a welcoming community, our students receive unparalleled access to this expertise and our commitment to "useful knowledge."
The 25th anniversary will celebrate the significant contributions the School has made in its first quarter-century, including preparing over 3,000 professionals who continue to make such important contributions to the business, professional and civic institutions in our communities. With 80 percent of our alumni living and working regionally, the School continues to have an especially significant impact in the Central Coast and its enviorns.
A most exciting part of the celebration year will be this: in recognition of all the accomplishments, breadth, and growing spectrum of programs, we will enter our next quarter-century proudly bearing the new designation as the CLU School of Management!
The new designation reflects both our accomplishments to date and our continuing aspirations:
- It better describes the broad portfolio of programs and emphasis areas that we now offer.
- It reflects that these changes follow the patterns set by some of our finest graduate schools across the country in our disciplines. The Schools of Management at MIT, Northwestern and UCLA are just a few of many examples.
- It better connotes the special emphasis today on sustainability, responsibility and the careful and ethical management of organizational resources that are the hallmarks of contemporary business education.
- And, it gives us a new opportunity to talk about all that CLU now has to offer with a fresh perspective and approach.
As we reflect on the innovative past, present and future of CLU's business and management programs during our silver anniversary, please join me in celebrating this exciting new chapter! We will be sending out information about specific events and activities as the new academic year unfolds; however, please feel free to visit www.callutheran.edu/25 for more updated information on our anniversary.
Charles Maxey, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Management