Bragging on a friend: Alex Lawrence ’99

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Alex Lawrence ’99. Named to Diversity Magazine’s Top 100 under 50, Diverse Emerging Leaders for 2014

Bragging on a friend, when good things happen to them, is a joy.

Alex Lawrence ’99 is both a friend and colleague. As a friend, our children are similar in age and have enjoyed pool-party-play-dates together, and Alex and I do “Dad talk” sometimes. As a colleague, we’ve worked together since 2004, much more so recently with his promotion to Assistant Dean and Director of MBA Admissions. He’s someone I turn to when I need to think through a complex challenge at work.

It’s a pleasure re-print this accolade that has been given to Alex, him being named to Diversity Magazine’s list of Top 100 under 50 Diverse Emerging Leaders list for 2014.

From Kimberley Freeman–Assistant Dean, Diversity Initiatives and Community Relations, UCLA Anderson

I am delighted to announce that Alex Lawrence, Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid – and Anderson alum – has been named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s list of Top 100 under 50 Diverse Emerging Leaders list for 2014.  Along with the other honorees, he will be featured in an article in the September 2014 Top 100 under 50 issue of Diversity MBA Magazine.  The magazine is scheduled to be distributed to more than 1,850,000 readers in print and online.

Selection was based upon Alex’s position here at Anderson, his scope of responsibility, civic achievement and, of course, his Anderson MBA! 

Alex will be featured along with 99 other talented professionals who have made a tremendous impact on leadership in their organizations and communities and will be honored in September in Illinois.   This is the 8th year that the list has been compiled and during that time more than 700 leaders have been honored for their commitment to excellence, education and community.

Alex began his current appointment in August 2012 after serving more than 8 years as Executive Director of The Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson. As Assistant Dean, Alex has the primary responsibility for sourcing, attracting, recruiting and enrolling qualified candidates to the full-time MBA Program at UCLA Anderson.

While he was Executive Director of The Riordan Programs, Alex developed creative programs and initiatives which targeted students who were the first in their family to apply to college, current undergraduates, or professionals seeking an MBA degree. As a result, 100% of participating high school students continued on to college and nearly 70% of the participating college graduates obtained their MBA at the nation’s elite business schools.

Alex currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson and the Board of Trustee for the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.

A graduate of Drexel University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he earned a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from UCLA Anderson in 1999.

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