The University of Arizona Eller College of Management announced the development of the HSLopez School of Business Analytics, due in large part to a recent generous donation of $9 million from Eller College alumnus Humberto Lopez and his wife Czarina. The school will serve to enhance business analytics education through faculty and research endowments and a program endowment.
The Lopezes also committed $8 million to the College of Medicine — Tucson. One of their gifts will also serve to establish the Iovanna C. Lopez Endowed Deanship, named in honor of their daughter.
“We are extremely grateful to have the tremendous support of Humberto and Czarina Lopez, whose impact on our programs and the entire university cannot be overstated,” said Karthik Kannan, dean of the Eller College of Management. “Thanks to their ongoing contributions, we have been able to provide countless wonderful opportunities for our students and faculty and can continue to do so well into the future. We could not be more thankful for their generous donations and partnership.”
The Lopezes have been longtime supporters of the multiple university causes through the Fuel Wonder campaign, donating $18 million in total. Humberto received his degree in accounting in 1969 from the Eller College, then known as the University of Arizona School of Business and Public Administration. His first donation to the University of Arizona was in 1980 in the amount of $1,000 to the Arizona Health Sciences Center.
Since that time, through their many generous donations, the Lopezes have helped establish the Endowed Chair for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research at the Sarver Center in the College of Medicine, the Dhaliwal-HSLopez Chair in Accounting at the Eller College, the College of Medicine Dean’s Chair under the name of their daughter, Iovanna C. Lopez and their most recent donation to the Eller College’s School of Business Analytics.
“Business analytics integrates data science, statistical inference and business insights for smarter business decisions. We are excited about the interdisciplinary nature of our business analytics programs, which are supported by talented faculty from all Eller departments,” said Yong Liu, interim director for the HSLopez School of Business Analytics, marketing department head and Robert A. Eckert Endowed Chair in Marketing. “The new School of Business Analytics advances the field of analytics at Arizona and will generate new opportunities for students and faculty.”
For more about the HSLopez School of Business Analytics, visit eller.arizona.edu/departments-research/schools-departments/analytics. For more about the Eller College of Management, visit eller.arizona.edu.