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Jerry Yang
Jerry Yang

Yahoo! co-founder opens new COB lecture series

By Wendy Frost
Associate Director of Public Affairs, College of Business

(Nov. 10, 2005)--The UTSA College of Business (COB) received $90,000 from Wachovia Bank to launch the Signature Speaker Series on Nov. 17 featuring Yahoo! Co-Founder Jerry Yang.

The Signature Speaker Series will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a presentation by Yang, followed by dinner and an awards program at the Marriott Rivercenter hotel in downtown San Antonio. All proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships and programs in the College of Business.

Two College of Business supporters will be honored at the event. Jim Kahan, senior executive vice president with SBC Communications and chairman of the College of Business Advisory Council, will receive the Leadership and Service Award. Ernest Bromley, president and CEO of Bromley Communications, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.

"The Signature Speaker Series provides a first-class opportunity for the San Antonio community to hear from nationally recognized business leaders and to showcase UTSA and the College of Business," said COB Dean Lynda de la Vina. "We have just launched a strategic plan to raise the academic profile of the college to become one of the nation's best business schools. This complements UTSA President Ricardo Romo's mission to make UTSA Texas' next tier-one research university. We are delighted that Wachovia shares our vision and has agreed to be the title sponsor of this event."

"We are pleased to partner with the UTSA College of Business in such a meaningful way," said Mark Metcalfe, president of Wachovia's San Antonio Region. "Supporting the Signature Speaker Series is an excellent way for Wachovia to achieve its goal of becoming involved in the communities where we do business and contributing to their development as vibrant and economically thriving places for people to live, work and play."

A Taiwan native raised in San Jose, Calif., Yang co-founded Yahoo! in 1995 as the first online navigational guide to the Web. He was instrumental in building Yahoo! into the world's most highly trafficked Web site and one of the most recognized brands on the Internet.

A member of Yahoo!'s board of directors, Yang works closely with the company's president and CEO to develop corporate business strategies and guide the direction of the company. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Yahoo! has offices in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, Canada and the United States. Yang earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Individual tickets for the lecture are $65, with table sponsorship levels available. For more information, call (210) 458-4313 or visit the College of Business Web site.

The UTSA College of Business is the largest undergraduate business program in the University of Texas System and one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation. Home to the number one finance researcher in the world, the college has 6,000 enrolled students and features 37 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. UTSA's College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The college is dedicated to raising its academic profile to become one of the best business schools recognized for developing knowledge for a new world.

Wachovia Corporation (NYSE: WB) is one of the largest providers of financial services to retail, brokerage and corporate customers with retail operations from Connecticut to Florida and west to Texas and retail brokerage operations nationwide. Through 2008, Wachovia plans to open 200 branches in Texas -- in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Wachovia had assets of $511.8 billion, market capitalization of $78.2 billion and stockholders' equity of $47.0 billion at June 30, 2005. Its four core businesses, the General Bank, Capital Management, Wealth Management and the Corporate and Investment Bank, serve 13 million household and business relationships primarily through 3,126 offices in 15 states and Washington, D.C.

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