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Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business Featured in Guide to Responsible Business Programs

Oakland, CA–August 19, 2013 In recognition of its attention to both sustainability and social impact, the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College has been named one of the top-rated graduate business programs in the 2013 edition of Business as UNusual: The Student Guide to Graduate Programs, published by Net Impact.

More than 3,000 MBA students nationwide rated their programs on a scale of 1 to 5 and the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business received a rating of 4.44 in social impact, ranking fifth in that category out of more than 100 colleges included in the guide.

The guide recognizes over 100 business schools at the forefront of social and environmental innovation and provides an inside look at the commitment of MBA programs to social and environmental themes in curriculum, extracurricular activities, career services, and more.

“I am gratified that the vast majority of our students agree that we are delivering on our mission of educating ethical and socially responsible organizational leaders who have the strategic perspective, business knowledge, and management skills to deliver strong financial performance while making a positive impact on society and the environment." said Deborah Merrill-Sands, dean of the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business. “I am proud of the chapter’s recognition and of the contributions that the leadership team and all the members made this year, both to the school and to our community”.

Business as UNusual notes that the top three strengths of the Lokey Graduate School of Business program are: corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability. The Business School has received significantly increased ratings year-over-year due to its strong emphasis on social and environmental themes in the curriculum.

The guide reported that 89 percent of the Business School’s students were satisfied with course curriculum, stating that “The Dean provides thought and practice leadership by integrating social and environmental impact across all dimensions of the program,” and that the “faculty focus attention on these issues across the curriculum.”

In June, the MBA Net Impact Chapter at the Lokey Graduate School of Business earned gold status. This year, just 24 percent of the more than 300 Net Impact chapters achieved gold standing, placing Lokey Net Impact among a distinguished handful of only 55 graduate schools awarded gold status. Gold is the highest honor a chapter can receive. Chapters achieve gold standing by meeting a rigorous set of requirements based on their activities, programming, and membership reach.

“The Lokey Graduate School of Business students are committed to making social and environmental change and the goals and activities of the Net Impact Chapter mirror their commitment,” said Michelle Matos, Lokey Net Impact Chapter president, MBA ’13.

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in approximately 950 undergraduate women and 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 378 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices’’ category. For more information, visit


Last Updated: 8/23/13