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Dozier: Gift Will Broaden School’s Expertise
93106, The Faculty & Staff Newspaper
January 5, 1998

The University of California has received a $15 million gift from the Donald Bren Foundation for a multi-campus graduate program designed and administered by UCSB’s School of Environmental Science & Management.

It will also involve natural and social science faculty from the campus, and business school faculty from UC Irvine, UCLA and UC Berkeley, and the law school faculty from Boalt Hall at UC Berkeley.

"This is an exciting concept that will bring greater talent and resources to the study of our worldwide environmental problems, and more sophistication and discipline as solutions are proposed and implemented by business and government," said Donald Bren, chairman of The Irvine Company in Orange County.

"Mr. Bren has a deep passion and conviction for a better environment in which we all live," said Chancellor Henry T. Yang. "We are pleased that our school will be named the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, recognizing the generous support of the Bren Foundation and our shared vision."

Jeff Dozier, dean of the renamed Bren School, said the school’s joint graduate degree programs will "couple Santa Barbara’s extraordinary strengths in the natural sciences with expertise throughout the UC system. This multi-campus program will become the central, seminal institution in the new field of Environmental Science & Management, setting the tone and direction for progress in this emerging and important field worldwide."

Funds from the gift will be used to support chairs for five Bren Fellows, up to 10 faculty scholars, conferences, visiting lecturers, and other activities.
"The uniqueness of Donald Bren’s most recent gift is that it will assist not just one, but five UC campuses, and ultimately should have wide-ranging significance for the environment," said UC President Richard C. Atkinson.

Students in the Bren School in Santa Barbara will have access to courses in law and management unavailable at UCSB. MBA students will have a program in corporate environmental management; law school students will have access to science faculty to enhance their program in environmental law.
Dennis J. Aigner, former dean of the Graduate School of Management at UC Irvine will be the school’s Associate Dean for Business Management; John P. Dwyer of the School of Law at UC Berkeley will be the Associate Dean for Law and Public Policy.

The Bren School accepted its first master’s degree students in the fall of 1996. A Ph.D. program is under review and is expected to be approved this year.
With this gift, UC will have a total of 15 endowed Bren Fellows.

This represents the largest number of endowed chairs from a single donor to the university system.