“We felt that it was important to support UC San Diego’s School of Management and help create a world-class institution. We believe that the school’s laser focus on entrepreneurship and technology management will have a profound impact on the San Diego region.”
Named for philanthropist and community leader Ernest Rady, the Rady School of Management officially completed and opened Phase I of its campus complex on June 30, 2007. Designated Otterson Hall in honor of the late William Otterson for his contributions to the San Diego business community, this phase was built entirely thanks to philanthropists who understood the potential, and more importantly, stepped forward to support the creation of a 21st century graduate school of management in San Diego. A challenge gift from Carol and William Stensrud, as well as gracious contributions from Roberta and Malin Burnham, Pauline Foster and more than 350 additional donors funded this project.
The Rady School was given the opportunity to complete the campus complex with a unique public/private partnership wherein $26 million would be made available by the state of California if additional private funds were raised. To accelerate this funding, Ernest Rady stepped forward to provide a $5 million challenge grant that was matched with a gift from the Wachovia Foundation and now the Wells Fargo Foundation. Together with gifts from the Beyster Family, the Atkinson Family, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Thornley, Art Brody and Rady alumna Jan Tuttleman, to date more than $13 million has been raised to fund Phase II construction of the Rady School campus.
With Phase I already at capacity and a projected 1,010 enrolled in Rady MBA programs by 2011, Phase II will help meet growth needs with additional student and executive classrooms, team study rooms, multi purpose conference rooms, a student support media room, changing and locker areas, student support offices, academic faculty offices, research areas and a 295-seat auditorium to accommodate conferences and program activities that engage multiple cohort classes at once.
“I believe in what the school is trying to do — that is, changing the philosophy of business schools and marrying technology, engineering and business. We need a business school that is more relevant to technology. The Rady School can do that.”
Rady School of Management Campus Naming Opportunities
Phase I and II of the Rady School campus were designed to cultivate a culture of community and interaction – a space for the convergence of vision, idea and realization. As we seek donors who will enable us to leverage the state funding, we will be honored to discuss naming opportunities to recognize their generosity.
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