December 13, 2023

A Year of Achievement at the Drucker School of Management

Drucker School of Management Staff

As 2023 draws to a close, the Drucker School of Management reflects on a year of notable growth and success, marking the second year of its five-year strategic plan. The school achieved significant milestones in enhancing academic programs, expanding its global footprint, and fostering collaborations in Southern California and beyond.

Academic Excellence and Accreditation
In April, the school’s commitment to academic excellence was affirmed when the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business reaccredited the school, placing it among the less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide that meet the organization’s rigorous standards.

Research and PhD Opportunities
The Drucker School’s vision is to “be prominent globally in developing leaders and guiding purpose-driven organizations to create a better society.” Toward that end, it relaunched its PhD programs in Management and Executive Management, introducing the Executive PhD. This program empowers experienced leaders to address impactful questions facing business, management, and society.

Public Sector Leadership
The inaugural SoCal Mayor’s Leadership Conference was launched in January, providing mayors the opportunity to explore ideas, skills, and peer support for personal growth as a change agent within California communities. The conference also explored concepts of equity and engagement in building entrepreneurial capabilities.

Global Initiatives
Three global immersion programs and six semesters abroad exchange programs gave MBA students the opportunity to expand their horizons. Destinations included Abu Dhabi & Dubai, Costa Rica, Japan, Mexico, and Switzerland, with upcoming trips to Germany and Southeast Asia.

Team Expansion
The school fortified its in-house admissions and marketing functions with the appointment of Michael Mirabella as director of admissions & recruitment and Matt Alex as director of marketing.

Drucker Institute
Under the new leadership of Michael Kelly, the Drucker Institute experienced transformative moments, including the donation of noted author Tom Peters’ 40 years of books and articles. 

Looking Forward
The school’s leaders express their gratitude to the Drucker Board, faculty, alumni, staff, and students for their dedicated support. In 2024, the school is scheduled to launch the Drucker STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) MBA and Drucker Online MBA, reinforcing a commitment to purpose-driven management and societal impact.