A Personal Letter to the Graduate School of Management Community

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

During my 24-year career in higher education, the most inspiring and rewarding position I have had is the privilege of serving as Dean of the Graduate School of Management (GSM) at UC Davis.  Therefore, it is with a sense of excitement as well as sadness that I write to inform you that effective on October 1, I will conclude my time as Dean of the GSM and move to a new leadership role at UC Davis.

As you may know, the Chancellor recently announced plans to begin exploring the possibility of establishing a third UC Davis campus in Sacramento to enhance our impact on business and public policy in areas such as food, health and the environment. I invite you to read more about the proposed Sacramento campus in this Dateline story.

The Chancellor and Provost have asked me to serve as the Chancellor’s Adviser to lead the deliberations among members of the UC Davis community regarding a new campus in Sacramento. I will assist in drafting a financial strategy for the new campus and will engage in fundraising efforts to generate new resources required for development of the campus. This is an extremely appealing and innovative opportunity to serve the UC Davis community, so I have accepted the Chancellor’s appointment. Here is her letter to the UC Davis community.

It has been a thrill to work with you in our joint efforts at the GSM over the past five years. Each day when I arrive at the School, I am thankful for the joy of being a member of a community of scholars, staff, students, alumni, donors and friends who hold the highest standards of excellence and who are committed to working together to further advance the School.

The GSM community has much to be proud of and celebrate. In recent years, our School has achieved several milestones: the highest ranking in the School’s history for our Full-Time MBA program (USN&WR), our faculty research productivity ranked No. 13 in the world (Financial Times), and last year we were the nation’s fastest-rising business school in Forbes rankings. We moved into the beautiful, LEED-Platinum certified Gallagher Hall, established a new Master of Professional Accountancy program, strengthened our MBA curriculum, and successfully completed a $25 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Between now and when I begin my new UC Davis role in October, I will work diligently to continue our strategic efforts and ensure that we implement our budget plans for 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and beyond. 

Thank you for all your support.  I look forward to working with you to contribute to UC Davis and the GSM.

Best regards,

Steve Currall

Dean and Professor of Management


Recent Sacramento Bee coverage of the proposed UC Davis campus:

UC Davis eyes downtown Sacramento railyard for new food center
(May 20, 2014)

UC Davis chief outlines vision for ‘third campus’ in Sacramento area with focus on food, nutrition (May 29, 2014)