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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Former Accenture partner joins University of Arizona Eller MBA program to facilitate partnership with corporations, giving students more professional and experiential learning opportunities

TUCSON, Ariz. – March 25, 2004 – The University of Arizona Eller College of Business and Public Administration announces that Richard V. Boulger, a former partner at Accenture, has joined the Eller MBA program as Director of Business Development.

In this senior leadership position, Mr. Boulger will build and strengthen partnerships with companies, recruiters, and other external stakeholders to maximize Eller MBA student exposure to host businesses. These efforts will ultimately lead to broad-based engagement with corporations globally and provide professional development, recruitment, and experiential learning opportunities for our students—while giving companies access to the business leaders of tomorrow.

“Rich joins us with extensive industry experience and a deep understanding of and commitment to MBA student education and development. Moreover, Rich’s leadership will result in a variety of new mutually-beneficial and reciprocal partnerships with public and private enterprises around the world. These interactions represent an essential element of a market-oriented, broad-based MBA education,” commented Brent Chrite, associate dean and director of the Eller MBA program. Interim Dean of the Eller College, Ken Smith, added, “Rich’s business background will serve the Eller College on many levels as we embark on new initiatives in technology and management. Additionally he will facilitate the tangible, real-world learning that occurs when students are engaged with real business problems.”

Rich retired from Accenture (formerly Anderson Consulting) in 2003 after a twenty-five year career with the company—rising from staff consultant to manager to thirteen years as partner. At Accenture, Boulger led major consulting engagements in multiple Fortune 500 companies (including energy and utilities organizations), managed large-scale implementations of SAP, Oracle, and PeopleSoft ERP systems, and managed multi-million dollar IT budgets while serving as outsourced director of corporate applications for a Fortune 500 company. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS with honors in agricultural economics and business management from University of California at Davis. Rich has relocated to Tucson with his wife and three children from the Chicago area. He can be reached directly at or 520.626.3599.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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