Dave Stewart has just completed his first 500 days as dean of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Riverside. After Dave’s first 500 days, the enrollment in AGSM’s full-time MBA program has increased by 25 percent relative to last year and applications for the MBA class entering in the fall of 2009 are up 40 percent. Enrollments among freshman in the pre-business program are also up by 25 percent in a program that is already the largest undergraduate program in business in the UC System. Dean Stewart has added eight new faculty members and expects to add another seven new faculty members who will join the school’s faculty next fall. These new additions have included senior faculty members with international reputations and new department chairs with experience as department chairs at other leading universities. Apparently he has just begun.
Dean Stewart recently announced that the new Executive MBA program (EMBA), approved by the campus and the UC System, is now accepting applications for fall 2009. This program is specifically designed for the rising generation of high potential, fast track managers in Inland Southern California. Admission to the program will be based primarily on experience and achievement in a business or profession and evidence of leadership in the community. Students in the program will be able to attend classes on alternating weekends while still working and can complete the program in 22 months. The program features an international trip between the first and second year and the all inclusive program fee includes room and meals when students are in residence. The program will be offered at UCR’s Palm Desert Graduate Center, a new state-of-the-art educational facility.
“The business community in Inland Southern California has matured. It now requires an executive MBA program that is part of a major research university. UCR is a world-class research university—AGSM’s faculty includes leading thinkers and scholars at the cutting edge of business practice, and our new EMBA program is just what the region needs to stimulate growth and business development,” says Stewart.
Stewart is clearly serious when he talks about a world-class business school. He has edited two of the five leading academic journals in marketing, including the prestigious Journal of Marketing. He has served as a senior administrator at both Vanderbilt University and the University of Southern California during periods when the business school at these institutions emerged as top-tier programs. The senior staff members he has brought to AGSM include individuals with whom he has worked in the past and include highly experienced and successful managers.
For example, the development of the Executive MBA program is being led by Dr. Jack Gregg who joined the school only a few weeks ago as assistant dean for corporate relations and director of the EMBA program. Gregg brings significant experience as a program administrator to AGSM. He has been involved in the development of programs at California State University, Long Beach and at the University of California Irvine. His experience at UCI included directing the Executive MBA program and launching both a highly successful part-time MBA program and the Office of Executive Education. More recently, Gregg was founding dean and managing director of SPACE University, Northrop Grumman’s corporate university.
When asked about his decision to join the administrative team at AGSM, Gregg stated: “I share Dean Stewart’s vision of creating a leading business school within a world-class research university that will serve Inland Southern California’s growing economy. This is a unique opportunity to develop new, innovative programs to serve the needs of the region for management education of the first order.”
UCR’s Anderson School is expanding rapidly under Stewart’s leadership. In addition to significant increases in enrollments in its undergraduate and full-time MBA program and the launch of the new Executive MBA program, the school is nearing final approval of a new Ph.D. program. Plans are also underway for a new part-time MBA program and a new Master of Accounting program. The school recently completed a strategic plan that focuses on making the school the premier center of management research and education related to growth. “We want to be the place where faculty and students come to study how to best identify and evaluate growth opportunities, how to development and manage growth opportunities, and how to sustain those opportunities,” says Stewart. The school’s strategic plan also identifies five “spires of excellence” or areas of distinction for the school. These include behavioral decision research, empirical finance, supply chain management, Web commerce and audit and assurance. “These are all areas that are important to both our region and to the global economy. These are also areas where AGSM has unique capabilities and expertise,” says Stewart.
Stewart arrived at UCR in July of 2007 after more than 20 years on the business faculty at USC. He served two terms as department chair in marketing and five years as deputy dean of the Marshall School at USC. He also served as associate dean for academic affairs at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Stewart is a prolific and internationally recognized scholar who has authored more than 200 papers and eight books. He has also served as a consultant to such organizations as Hewlett Packard, IBM, Samsung, Cadence Design Systems, Coca-Cola, the Federal Trade Commission, and the United State Census Bureau.