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Understanding Your Board and Raising the Bar
The GSM Alumni Association’s Annual Progress Report

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by Roger Halualani MBA 91| President, GSM Alumni Association

Over the past few years, the GSM Alumni Association’s board of directors experienced significant changes under the leadership of John Argo MBA 04 and Brian Hoblit MBA 07. I am honored to follow in their footsteps.

For those who are unsure who is on the current board, our current roster is below. We have a strong and diverse board who have the necessary skills and insights, as well as talent and enthusiasm, to take us and the School to new heights.

  • Roger Halualani, Full-Time MBA 91, Epiphany Partners Inc.; board president
  • Jill Abrams, Full-Time MBA 03, Agilent Technologies
  • Gary Angelo, Full-Time MBA 99, Hewlett-Packard
  • Ray Austin, Sacramento MBA 00, NetApp Inc.
  • Ann Barefield, Full-Time MBA 01, Intel
  • Megan Conway-Bley, Bay Area MBA 08, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
  • Terry Exner, Bay Area MBA 09, T.A. Exner, Consulting
  • Evelina Feinberg, Bay Area MBA 11, Avanir Pharmaceuticals
  • Steve Gabelich, Sacramento MBA 98, Medical Vision Technology
  • Brian Hoblit, Full-Time MBA 07, Wells Fargo
  • Jennifer Pockell Dimas, Full-Time MBA 00, Plex Systems Inc.
  • Sheri Scott, Full-Time MBA‘87, Sherimoney, Inc.
  • Greg Sutliff, Sacramento MBA 12, Sutliff Consulting & Communications
  • Bill Vasquez, Sacramento MBA 00, TASQ Technology

In June, five directors rolled off the board: Phoebe Cameron MBA 98, Jules Hodder MBA 08, Claire Kurmel MBA 04, Gary Lew MBA 98 and Mark Schmidt MBA 99. These alumni spent countless hours and untold effort to help reorganize and re-energize the board. Much of the advances we’ve seen over the past four years would not have occurred had it not been for these leading alumni, and we are deeply grateful.

Now on to the Annual Progress Report: 

The 2012/2013 academic year was a great success for the Graduate School of Management. We continue to be ranked in the top 10 percent of U.S. business schools for both the full-time and part-time programs, and we had the best alumni fundraising year ever. These achievements are due to the hard work of the dean, faculty, staff, students and all of our alumni.

2012/2013 also saw two major changes to the school’s curriculum and programs:

  • It was the inaugural year for the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program with 29 graduates, and a 2013 class of 39 students
  • It was the very successful first year of the Integrated Management Projects under the new IMPACT curriculum, with projects at leading companies including AT&T, Agilent, H-P, Chevron, Johnson & Johnson and Wells Fargo

The following are some of the program’s ranking highlights from the past year:

  • The Part-Time program (offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area) is ranked among the top 20 programs in the county (No. 19 for the second year), placing it in the top 7 percent of the 282 accredited part-time programs;
  • The Full-Time program was ranked in the top 8 percent of the more than 450 accredited full-time MBA programs for the 18th consecutive year;
  • In October we were the fastest-rising U.S. business school in the Forbes ranking, moving up 22 places in the ranking, which is based on the return-on-investment for the value of the program;
  • For the second year in a row, the Economist ranks the GSM’s program as the world leader for the diversity of corporate recruiters;
  • The Princeton Review ranks the GSM MBA as No. 6 in the U.S. for greatest opportunities for women.

With regards to alumni giving and fundraising, 2012/2013 was a spectacular year:

  • 2012/2013 saw the highest amount of money ever given by GSM alumni, accounting for a 47.1 percent increase over the amount raised in 2009/2010 (Dean Currall’s first year);
  • The Annual Giving Campaign had the highest amount of money every raised and a 189 percent increase over the amount raised in 2009;
  • As we broke our fundraising records, the alumni participation rate was 16.7 percent, and we had the third highest number of alumni donors to the School;
  • As part of Dean Currall’s vision for the program to be financially more self-sufficient, the endowment funds have increased in value by more than 218 percent since 2009.

The board is looking to keep raising the bar for our alumni to continue to support and enhance the School. Key goals for this year are:

  • Continue to strive for a 20 percent alumni participation rate (all giving) to keep us competitive with other leading top 10 percent programs;
  • Enhance and support alumni engagement with the School;
  • Recruit and engage class agents for every alumni class to support our fundraising and engagement goals.

If you haven’t yet given your annual gift to the School, I encourage you to click here to make a gift today. 

And please remember that giving can come in many forms:

  • Become a class agent and help increase your classmates’ involvement;
  • Assist the Career Services team by volunteering to help with mock interviews, career fairs and information sessions;
  • Support the Admissions team by meeting and talking with potential students, sharing your GSM and post-GSM experiences, assist in identifying potential candidates and many other options;
  • Speak to current students in informational interviews, speaking opportunities to the student clubs and attendance at the School’s programs, including the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series and networking meetings.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please complete our new online volunteer form.

We hope that we can count on all alumni to join us in supporting the School and helping to continue to break our current records in fundraising participation, monetary amounts and level of alumni engagement.

We look forward to another great year and to seeing you at the School’s events.

Best regards,

Roger Halualani MBA 91
President, UC Davis Graduate School of Management Alumni Association

Email Roger Halualani
(650) 766-1883

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