Deckers Endowed Fellowship

For immediate release

September 10, 2007

Contact: James Badham

Media Liaison


Bren School Honors Deckers Outdoor Corporation for $1 Million Endowed Fellowship Supporting Students and Academic Programs

The Bren School has received gifts of more than $1 million from Deckers Outdoor Corporation and an anonymous UC Santa Barbara alumnus to support graduate students and programs at the Bren School in perpetuity. These gifts will further the School’s efforts to attract the most talented students from around the nation and the world, and support them in reaching their academic goals. As a reflection of the Bren School’s gratitude, the second-floor patio at Bren Hall will be officially named the Deckers Outdoor Corporation Terrace, and the endowment fund for graduate student support will forever carry the Deckers name.

“We are tremendously excited by this extension of our already strong partnership with the Bren School,” said Deckers Chief Executive Officer Angel R. Martinez. “We are two different kinds of organizations working together toward a shared vision. As a company that is committed to operating sustainably and producing high-quality Earth-friendly products, we at Deckers Outdoor value the exceptional environmental professionals who are coming out of the Bren School. Supporting the school in its efforts to attract the best students, therefore, is a natural outgrowth of our shared mission. We are honored that the Deckers Outdoor name will appear on a public space that affords spectacular views of some of the natural beauty we all want to preserve, and thus serve as a constant reminder of the importance of our common mission of sustainability.”

The 1,545-square-foot Deckers Outdoor Corporation Terrace, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean from its position adjacent to the School’s suite of administrative offices, is a favorite site for special Bren School events and activities.

“As part of our recruiting process, we often bring students to this space, which has one of the most beautiful views on the UC Santa Barbara campus,” said Bren School Assistant Dean Laura Haston, who oversees recruitment and admissions. “With the many strengths of the Bren program already in mind, when students see this view, they just can’t say no. It is entirely fitting that the terrace should carry the Deckers name, as the new named endowment fund will enable the School to attract some of the most outstanding students in perpetuity.”

“Financial support for outstanding students is absolutely critical to our mission of preparing the next generation of environmental leaders, which we see as fundamental to the work of ensuring a sustainable future,” said Bren School Dean Ernst von Weizsäcker. “I am so pleased that our Corporate Partnership with Deckers Outdoor Corporation has led to the establishment of this substantial endowment fund, which will support the School in its efforts to attract the best and brightest students for years to come. As I look out on the Deckers Outdoor Corporation Terrace from my office every day, I shall think of those students and of this extremely generous and important gift.”

UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang echoed the importance of graduate fellowships to the health and growth of any University program. “Endowed fellowship funds are essential to ensuring the University’s ability to attract top scholars now and in the years to come,” he said. “We are so grateful for this gift and for the opportunity to acknowledge it in a meaningful way. Deckers has demonstrated leadership and innovation in terms of both business and the environment, and this gift is a reflection of its confidence in the Bren School and the future of UC Santa Barbara.”

Deckers’ UCSB roots run deep. The Company was founded by two former UCSB students in 1973. Since then, Goleta–based Deckers has grown to become an international company with three well-known footwear brands: Teva®, Simple®, and UGG Australia®. Each reflects Santa Barbara’s casual “feel-good lifestyle” and emphasizes function, comfort, and technical performance.

Teva sandals were developed by a Grand Canyon river guide. UGG boots are linked to the Australian outback, surfing culture, and the outdoor lifestyle. And the Simple brand embodies the company’s most ambitious Earth-friendly efforts, reflected in the Simple goal of making a product that is “100 percent sustainable.”

The company pursues that goal under the umbrella of an effort referred to as “Green Toe.” Shoes that are part of this undertaking incorporate organic cotton, recycled plastic containers and car tires, jute, bamboo fibers, natural latex, 100-percent post-consumer paper, water-based cements, and other renewable, reusable, and biodegradable products.

Deckers Outdoor Corp. is a Bren School Corporate Partner. Graduates from the Bren School and other UCSB Schools and departments have served internships there and/or accepted positions in the company. This gift in the company’s name extends this vibrant and mutually beneficial relationship.##


The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is home to an interdisciplinary graduate program focused on environmental problem solving through the integration of science, management, law, economics, and policy. Offering both a professional Master of Environmental Science & Management degree and a Ph.D. track, the School’s mission is to play a leading role in researching environmental issues, training scientists and environmental management professionals, and identifying and solving environmental problems around the world. It is ranked among the top four programs of its kind in the nation and is the only such program in the western United States. For more information, go to