Appointment of Alfred E. Osborne Jr. as Interim Dean, UCLA Anderson School of Management

May 22, 2018

UCLA Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

To: Administrative Officers, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, Vice Chancellors and Vice Provosts, Faculty and Staff in the Anderson School of Management

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Professor Alfred E. Osborne Jr., who currently serves as senior associate dean for external affairs at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the school. He will begin his term July 1, 2018, following Dean Judy D. Olian’s departure to become president of Quinnipiac University.

Al began his career at UCLA in 1972 as an assistant professor of business economics. Today, as senior associate dean, Al oversees a number of key areas within the school, including resource development, alumni relations and executive education. He is also a professor of global economics, management and entrepreneurship, and founder and faculty director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. During his time at Anderson, Al has been heavily engaged in the academic life of the school, including serving as the associate dean and director of the M.B.A. programs. As associate dean for program development, he supported the establishment of centers in finance and real estate, international business and entrepreneurship. He is responsible for the development of a corporate governance program designed to help officers and directors of public and private companies prepare for their fiduciary duties and legal responsibilities. Long committed to social innovation, Al has created several programs that apply entrepreneurial business models to the nonprofit world. More recently, in collaboration with other academic units on campus, he helped to design and launch the minor in entrepreneurship, and the Anderson Venture Accelerator, which supports early-stage ventures affiliated with UCLA.

Al maintains research interests in entrepreneurship and corporate innovation; family and closely held businesses; access to capital for entrepreneurs, particularly those from underrepresented communities; and the role of governance in organizations. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals, was an economic policy fellow at the Brookings Institution, directed studies at the Securities and Exchange Commission and consults with growing organizations on business and economic matters. He has also served on the boards of several corporations and nonprofit organizations.

Professor Osborne received a B.S. in electrical engineering, an M.A. in economics, an M.B.A. in finance and a Ph.D. in business economics, all from Stanford University.

Chancellor Block and I appreciate Al’s willingness to serve as interim dean, and have every confidence in his ability to provide strong leadership and continuity for the school. I anticipate forming a search committee imminently to identify candidates for a permanent dean, and I will keep you informed as we initiate the search.


Scott L. Waugh
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost