Business School Names Executive Fellows

Victor Tolan and Patricia Watters have been selected to bring expertise to campus during the 2016-17 school year

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The UCR School of Business Administration has named Victor Tolan and Patricia Watters as its Executive Fellows for the 2016-17 school year.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — The University of California, Riverside School of Business Administration has named Victor Tolan and Patricia Watters its Executive Fellows for the 2016-17 school year.

The Executive Fellows Program aims to connect distinguished business leaders with students and faculty to enrich the learning experience.

Tolan is president and CEO of B&K Precision Group, a company that designs and manufactures test and measurement instruments. After acquiring the company in 1996, he relocated it from Chicago to California and moved its manufacturing to Taiwan. Through mergers, acquisitions and organic growth, the company now has factories in China, Taiwan and France, as well as offices in Yorba Linda.

Watters is co-founder and managing member of Catalina Partners, a consultancy that assists private fund managers in strategically developing their operational infrastructures and enhancing their responses for investor due diligence. Catalina Partners also performs non-investment due diligence for foundations, endowments, funds of funds, and other institutional investors. She earned a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from UCR.

They succeed Tobin Sloane (BA ’94, MBA ’96), and Bob Stapleton (BA ’80, MBA ’82), who served as Executive Fellows for 2015-16. Sloane is CFO of Ware Malcomb, a leading national design firm. Stapleton is an entrepreneur who co-founded Western Wireless Corporation and VoiceStream Wireless (now T-Mobile), and an advisor for leading private equity firms.

The Executive Fellows Program was founded in 1992, reflecting the business school’s commitment to professional excellence and its interdependent relationship with business leaders.  Fellows guest lecture and are available on campus to consult with faculty and students for one day per quarter. Yunzeng Wang, dean of the School of Business Administration, said the Executive Fellows continue to be an important part of students’ professional development.

“It is our mission and promise to deliver a truly relevant business education, and our Executive Fellows are helping us execute this mission,” Wang said.

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