Professor Alfred Osborne Jr. has been appointed interim dean of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, effective July 1. Osborne has agreed to serve following Dean Judy Olian’s departure to become president of Quinnipiac 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,” said Scott Waugh, UCLA executive vice chancellor and provost, who made the announcement in an email sent today.
Osborne, who holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering, a master’s in economics, an M.B.A. in finance and a doctorate in business economics, all from Stanford University, joined UCLA in 1972 as an assistant professor of business economics. Osborne currently serves as UCLA Anderson’s senior associate dean for external affairs. In that role, he oversees key areas within the school, including resource development, alumni relations and executive education. He balances these duties with his role as a professor of global economics, management and entrepreneurship, and founder and faculty director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
During his career at Anderson, Osborne has been heavily engaged in the academic life of the school, including serving as 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 also 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, Osborne 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.
Osborne 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.