These are exciting times at The Drucker School, of the Claremont Graduate University; with new initiatives, online rebranding and a physical expansion. I wrote about some of these changes, including the appointment of new Dean Thomas Horan, when I was in Claremont, California for Drucker Day last November.

Jenkins Courtyard outside of the Burkle building, at The Drucker School; Courtesy of Claremont Graduate University

Jenkins Courtyard outside of the Burkle building, at The Drucker School; Courtesy of Claremont Graduate University

While the school continues to honor and extend the legacy of its founder and namesake Peter Drucker, it is growing by meeting and anticipating the needs of current and future MBA students worldwide. Probably the biggest news is the expansion this Spring into downtown Los Angeles into the 7th floor of the Reef building at 1933 S. Broadway, which the school’s press release describes as “home to a lively community of artists, designers, technologists, media producers, and wholesalers. Its design encourages collaboration and sharing among residents.” This represents a crucial component of the school’s emphasis on the creative economy, via The Center for Management in the Creative Industries (CMCI).

Also announced recently was the formation of the Executive Mind Leadership Institute, under the direction of Drucker School Professor Jeremy Hunter. I’ve known Jeremy since his earliest days teaching at the school, and I wrote about him and his work on mindfulness and related subjects in the workplace in Chapter 3 of Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way. The Institute will focus on a vital  area of study and practice: the inner life and self-management of executives.

Class in the new downtown Los Angeles location; Courtesy of Claremont Graduate University

Class in the new downtown Los Angeles location; Courtesy of Claremont Graduate University

There was also a dose of good news in January, with the announcement that the school’s MBA and Executive MBA programs were ranked among the best in North America by Eduniversal.  All of these developments and initiatives come at a time of a fresh new look and feel to the school’s website. The Drucker School’s continued growth and expansion will be driven by not just its impressive physical surroundings; but by its combination of a strong faculty and staff, with driven, diverse and creative students.