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The School of Business Administration inaugurates its incoming Executive Fellows for 2015 - 2016

An event held this week by the School of Business Administration honored our outgoing Executive Fellows, Ms. Susan Atherton and Mr. Timothy Greenleaf, and introduced the incoming Executive Fellows, Mr. Robert Stapleton and Mr. Tobin Sloane.

The Executive Fellows Program was founded in 1992, and came back into prominence in 2013, reflecting the business school’s commitment to professional excellence and its interdependent relationship with business leaders. The program aims to connect distinguished business leaders with students and faculty in order to enrich the learning experience and enhance the business school’s impact in contributing to society. Executive Fellows are selected for their outstanding executive leadership, professional experience and business expertise and serve for one year.

The installation event highlighted the significant role business leaders play in the business school, and provided the opportunity to recognize and appreciate the invaluable contributions that the Executive Fellows make through sharing their rich experience and knowledge with our students.

Deepest appreciation was extended to the two outgoing Executive Fellows, Ms. Susan Atherton and Mr. Timothy Greenleaf, who served from 2014 – 2015. Two students shared from personal experiences how both Mr. Greenleaf and Ms. Atherton inspired and guided them in their professional journey.

“Be the most obvious person in the room,” was Ms. Atherson’s advice to Matthew Ward, an undergraduate student graduating with a concentration in Finance, who spoke at the installation event.

“The culture of the Executive Fellows program is altruistic and exciting. Altruistic in that industry leaders make time for students simply out of good will. Exciting in that students get an opportunity to learn from leaders whom we may not have otherwise met. And just as equally exciting for the fellows to get an opportunity to live through students who are striving to establish themselves and make a difference. This culture says a lot about the alumni of UC Riverside and I know it is one that our university will continue to embrace,” said Mathew. 

Yaqi Wang, an MBA student from China who received two internship offers, one from Ernst & Young in Beijing and one from The Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida, spoke of how she was advised and greatly helped by Mr. Greenleaf. “To my surprise, Mr. Greenleaf even generously offered to contact his friends in both of the companies in order to help me find out where a full-time career path could lead. And I was amazed that the friend was the CFO of Disney!”

“Thank you, Tim, for challenging me to make my dreams bold.” Yaqi accepted the internship at Disney.

Since 2013, the Executive Fellows program has gained great momentum. “I cannot emphasis enough the tremendous value that the Executive Fellows program delivers, and its strategic importance to the mission and goals of the School of Business Administration,” Dean Wang stated. “What this program is achieving is an indicator of what the business school can accomplish when we work in partnership with you, the business community. And we’d like to replicate the success and impact this program has by creating and building similar initiatives that deliver on the promise of a truly relevant business education.”


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