The University of California, Los Angeles has announced gifts totaling $11 million from businessman James L. Easton to establish a technology management center at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
The Easton Technology Management Center will build on the school's Easton Technology Leadership Program, which Easton helped established with a gift in 2009 and which is dedicated to developing the business leadership skills of students with an engineering or technical background. The new center will expand the scope of those programs and offer access to the latest innovations in technology management to students with both technical and non-technical backgrounds, as well as faculty, alumni, and industry professionals. The funds also will be used to create a hub for innovative research and scholarship in technology leadership, expand outreach and develop closer ties with UCLA's engineering and medical schools as well as technology industry professionals, and foster curriculum innovation in technology leadership.
A UCLA graduate with a degree in engineering, Easton is the chair and CEO of Easton Sports. Since 1988, he has served on the UCLA Anderson board of visitors and was named one of the founding members of Entrepreneurs' Hall within the Anderson complex. Last year, he was awarded the UCLA Medal of Honor, the university's highest honor bestowed on an individual for extraordinary achievement.
"Jim Easton has been a visionary, creating new education approaches at UCLA Anderson since he first joined our board, and later developed the Easton Technology Leadership Program," said UCLA Anderson dean Judy Olian. "With the creation of the Easton Technology Management Center, Jim expands the impact of his vision by positioning our students to lead and drive change in the rapidly changing tech landscape of California and the world."