Community Service at the Drucker School of Management

Claremont, CA, April 24, 2009 --( Drucker School students join with Karen Baker, California’s Secretary of Service and Volunteering, to help complete a community-service project in California’s Inland Empire. As part of the Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning, on April 25 the students will build a playground at the Hernandez Community Center in San Bernardino, California. The event will celebrate the life and legacy of Cesar E. Chavez – a community organizer who inspired many volunteers and established the National Farm Workers Association.

The community-service project is also part of the Drucker Centennial and is meant to help showcase Peter Drucker’s passion for the work of nonprofits and his insight that “citizenship in and through the social sector is not a panacea” for fixing the ills of society, “but it may be a prerequisite for tackling these ills.”

It may be worth noting that Peter Drucker and Cesar Chavez were friends and had a mutual admiration society. "Great management means getting common people to do uncommon things. Peter Drucker is the top management expert in the world," said Chavez. Drucker had enormous respect for nonprofit organizations and felt strongly that they are the glue that holds us together as a society.

The project is a partnership between the California State Office for coordination of volunteer activity California Volunteers, the national non-profit organization KaBOOM! and the community center in San Bernardino.

About the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management
Named after Professor Peter Drucker in 1974, the Drucker School was established to satisfy the niche of part time executive management education. Today, the school shares its name with one of the world’s most respected entrepreneurs, Masatoshi Ito, combining a thinker (Peter Drucker, the founder of modern management) with a doer (Masatoshi Ito, who built the largest retail network in Japan), and reflecting a decidedly global orientation. Drucker has some 4,400 alumni around the globe, many of whom are leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit sector.

The school is known for its innovative programs, which in addition to the Masters in Arts Management (AM), includes the traditional Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Executive Management Program (EMBA), a Master of Science in Financial Engineering (MSFE), a Master in Politics, and Business and Economics (MAPEB), as well as a variety of certificate programs and customized corporate executive education offerings. The Drucker School’s programs and degrees are unique in their focus on management as a liberal art, rather than specific concentrations on core business functions such as accounting, finance, or marketing.

About Claremont Graduate University
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is an independent institution devoted entirely to graduate study. More than 2,000 students are studying for Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 22 disciplines. Located 35 miles east of Los Angeles, CGU is part of a liberal arts consortium commonly known as The Claremont Colleges. The Claremont University Consortium (CUC) includes Pomona, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna and Pitzer colleges, plus the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, and Claremont Graduate University.

Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management
Hayley Kiruki