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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Alumni gifts advance top-ranked UA programs

TBenefactors add significant support to Entrepreneurship and MIS programs at the Eller College of Management

TUCSON, Ariz. – MARCH 30, 2006 – The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management has received two significant gifts that will further the College’s development of graduates who are future leaders in technology, management, and entrepreneurship — critical in today’s complex global economy.

Through the generosity of Jim (MBA, ‘63) and Pamela Muzzy and Peter W. (BA,’64) and Nancy Salter, two nationally-ranked Eller College programs have gained new support — Management Information Systems (MIS) and the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program. The Jim and Pamela Muzzy Chair in Entrepreneurship and the Salter Distinguished Professorship in Management and Technology will ensure that research, programming, and scholarly activities will produce students who are prepared to successfully tackle the intricacies of 21st century business.

“We are thrilled with these gifts. Because of the investments of generous alumni like the Muzzys and the Salters, the Eller College will continue to attract highly acclaimed faculty members who, in turn, will strengthen our already top-notch programs. We are on the cutting edge of integrated curriculum design, like Entrepreneurship and MIS, due in part to the vision of committed benefactors,” said Paul Portney, dean of the College.

Jim Muzzy was first inspired by entrepreneurship education when he attended the annual Business Plans Competition at the conclusion of a McGuire Entrepreneurship Program cycle some eight years ago at the Eller College. Then-director Gary Libecap explained how the program worked, and Muzzy has watched it – or been directly involved with it – ever since. He is a founder and managing director of PIMCO, one of the largest fixed income managers in the world.

The Jim and Pamela Muzzy Chair in Entrepreneurship will be offered to a yet-to-be-named tenured faculty member who will serve as the executive director of the McGuire Center at the Eller College of Management and be a leader in the College’s entrepreneurship research. Targeted research areas for the College include knowledge transfer, venture capital financing and small business lending, entrepreneurial law, and intellectual property, to name a few. A national search is currently being conducted to fill this position.

Peter Salter, president of the Peter and Nancy Salter Family Foundation, funded the Salter Distinguished Professorship in Management and Technology in the spirit of supporting a partnership between the Eller College and the College of Engineering. His interest grew out of his experience hiring interns and permanent employees from both colleges at Salter Labs, the company he founded in 1975.

As the newly named Salter Distinguished Professor in Management and Technology, Mohan Tanniru will oversee the development of programming that makes it feasible and attractive for students to combine courses in business and leadership with those in science and technology. Tanniru heads the Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) which has maintained an unbroken top-five position in the national U.S. News & World Report rankings.

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.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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