The Drucker School and Drucker Institute Honor Rajiv Dutta

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The Drucker School and the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University announced today the creation of two programs to honor the memory of Rajiv Dutta, the former president of eBay Marketplaces.

We are honored to offer a scholarship in his memory and hope to reward other students of his caliber—students who possess his keen intellect, personal qualities and ability to make a difference in the world.

The Drucker School and the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University announced today the creation of two programs to honor the memory of Rajiv Dutta, the former president of eBay Marketplaces.

Dutta, who served as the first Distinguished Drucker Executive-in-Residence for the School and the Institute in 2009, died of cancer on January 31. He was 49 years old.

To honor Dutta’s legacy at the Drucker School, where he earned his MBA in 1982, a new scholarship is being launched for students who exemplify the qualities that Dutta exhibited: a can-do spirit, a strong work ethic, leadership, kindness, high moral standards and humility. This need-based aid will cover up to 50% of one MBA student’s tuition for two full years. It is expected that the first Dutta Scholar will be part of the class that enters in Fall 2012.

“Rajiv made a lasting impression on our faculty and staff as a student at the Drucker School,” said Administrative Dean Leslie Negritto.“We are honored to offer a scholarship in his memory and hope to reward other students of his caliber—students who possess his keen intellect, personal qualities and ability to make a difference in the world.”

For its part, the Drucker Institute is naming its Distinguished Visitors program for Dutta. “We are pleased to be able to remember Rajiv this way, and to have all of our visiting executives, scholars and writers linked to his name,” said Rick Wartzman, executive director of the Drucker Institute. “Rajiv was not only a talented businessman, he was a wonderful human being who very generously gave his time and wisdom to the Institute. He was a real friend, and we all miss him.”

Sumita Dutta, Rajiv’s wife, expressed her gratitude for the creation of the programs. “I would like to thank CGU,the Drucker School and the Drucker Institute for the truly special way in which they are honoring Rajiv,” she said. “I know he would have been touched—and surprised—by the gesture.”

Before running eBay Marketplaces, Dutta served as president of the company’s PayPal and Skype units, as well as eBay’s chief financial officer. Prior to joining eBay, he held positions at KLA-Tencor, a manufacturer of semiconductor equipment, and Bio-Rad Laboratories, a manufacturer and distributor of life science and diagnostic products. In addition to his Drucker School degree, he earned a B.A. in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University in India.

About the Drucker School
The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management is training the next generation of effective managers and ethical leaders for all sectors of society: private, public and philanthropic. Inspired by principles and practices advanced by Peter Drucker, the school approaches management as a liberal art and seeks to tackle some of the biggest questions challenging global society.

Part of the renowned Claremont Colleges and located in the foothills of the beautiful San Gabriel mountains 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, the Drucker School is more than just a traditional business school; it is also considered a premiere management and leadership school.

With a strong commitment to research, values orientation, and an intimate graduate-only curriculum, the school was recently ranked fifth in the nation by Princeton Review in faculty quality. The Drucker School offers a variety of professional and doctoral degrees, including MBA, EMBA, MSFE (jointly with CGU’s School of Math), MA in Arts Management (jointly with CGU’s School of Arts and Humanities), MA in Politics, Business, and Economics (jointly with CGU’s School of Politics and Economics) and a concurrent JD/MBA with Southwestern Law School.

Named for both a pioneering thinker (Peter Drucker) and an accomplished doer (Masatoshi Ito), the school produces graduates who have a strong sense of social responsibility and a deep desire to make a difference by doing well while also doing good.

About the Drucker Institute
About the Drucker Institute The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University is a think tank and action tank whose purpose is to better society by stimulating effective management and responsible leadership. It does this, in large part, by advancing the ideas and ideals of Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management.

The Institute acts as a hub for a worldwide network of Drucker Societies: volunteer-driven organizations that are using Drucker’s teachings to bring about positive change in their local communities.

In addition, the Institute maintains a digital archive of Drucker’s papers; undertakes research that builds on Drucker’s writings; offers an annual $100,000 prize for nonprofit innovation; produces curricular material that distills Drucker’s decades of leading-edge thinking, including a management training system called the Drucker Management Path; applies Drucker’s work to current events (through a regular online column in Bloomberg Businessweek by Institute Executive Director Rick Wartzman and through a blog called the Drucker Exchange); and hosts visiting fellows with Drucker-like insights and values.

For more on the Drucker Institute, please visit: http://www.druckerinstitute.com

About Claremont Graduate University
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is one of the top graduate schools in the United States. Our nine academic schools conduct leading-edge research and award masters and doctoral degrees in 22 disciplines. Because the world’s problems are not simple nor easily defined, diverse faculty and students research and study across the traditional discipline boundaries to create new and practical solutions. A Southern California based graduate school devoted entirely to graduate research and study, CGU boasts a low student-to-faculty ratio.

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