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Ordóñez brings a wealth of experience, serving 25 years at the University of Arizona as a research faculty and as vice dean at Eller College of Management.

The Rady School of Management’s Next Chapter: A New Dean

  • 2019-09-12T18:37:00.000+0000
  • San Diego
  • Author: The Rady School of Management

The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego has grown exponentially since its founding in 2003. The graduate management school, focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, offers three MBA programs, a Master of Finance, Master of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Professional Accountancy, as well as certificate programs through the Rady School Center for Executive Development. The school also offers business and entrepreneurship minors for undergrads. It has established seven centers of excellence and been internationally recognized for its faculty’s research. The school’s students and alumni have founded over 180 operational companies and contributed $2 billion to the local and global economy.

Now, as the school moves from its startup phase to one of continued growth, it will have a new leader. Lisa Ordóñez became the dean of the Rady School in September. Dean Ordóñez brings a wealth of experience to her position. Before coming to the Rady School, Ordóñez served for 25 years at the University of Arizona as a research faculty and later as vice dean at the Eller College of Management. While at Arizona, Ordóñez played an integral part in developing graduate and undergraduate programs, expanded diversity, and increased funds for research. The skills she has cultivated throughout her career make her ideally suited to lead the school through its next chapter.

“As the new dean of the Rady School, I want to expand and deepen the strong partnerships the school has built with the San Diego business community, especially in the life science and tech sectors,” Ordóñez said.

For businesses interested in partnering with the Rady School, there are several ways to become involved. With the school’s Graduate Career Connections, businesses can find talented interns who can make an immediate impact in the workplace. The school’s capstone courses offer collaboration with students and faculty on business projects. The Center for Executive Development at the Rady School provides an array of courses, certificates, and custom programs to address a variety of business needs. Through the school’s California Institute for Innovation and Development, business leaders have the opportunity to work with fledgling startup companies and aspiring entrepreneurs. Whichever route businesses choose for their involvement, Ordóñez is committed to ensuring the school will thrive as a driver of industry in the region.

“Our collaboration with business is an essential component to the school’s momentum as an innovation focused, economic engine within the San Diego business community,” she said.