|September 13, 2000
Media Contacts: Andrea
Moser, (858) 458-1036 or Kate
Callen, (858) 534-0361
FRED G. CUTLER NAMED DIRECTOR OF UCSD
G. Cutler has been named director of the UCSD CONNECT program, a
university/private sector partnership founded by the University of
California, San Diego to accelerate the creation and growth of
high-technology companies in the San Diego region.
Cutler's appointment makes him only the second director in UCSD
CONNECT's 15-year history. He succeeds the late Bill Otterson,
CONNECT's founding director, who developed the program from a
consortium of 28 companies and sponsors into a nationally recognized
network of more than 800 members and sponsors.
"Fred Cutler is an
outstanding choice to lead this pivotal regional program," said
UCSD Chancellor Robert C. Dynes. "His academic background and his
extraordinary track record as a high-tech entrepreneur will serve him
well in setting the future course of CONNECT."
Cutler, 55, holds a Ph.D. in
marketing research and social psychology from the University of
Southern California. He was a founder of DigitalStyle Corporation, a
web software start-up that merged with Netscape Communications. After
two years with Netscape/AOL in new business development, Cutler became
an active private investor and board member in numerous San
Diego-based start-ups. He has been involved with many CONNECT
companies, and he has served as Entrepreneur in Residence at San Diego
State University's Entrepreneurial Management Center.
"I am excited by this
unique opportunity to help drive the San Diego region into the
national forefront of high technology business growth," said
Cutler. "UCSD CONNECT has done a superb job over its 15-year
history. I look forward to working with the CONNECT team to move this
great organization forward."
Malin Burnham, chair of the
search committee, said, "We were tremendously impressed with Fred
Cutler's skills and enthusiasm, and we are confident that he will take
the CONNECT organization to the next level of excellence."
UCSD CONNECT was recently
credited by a Small Business Administration study with providing the
stimulus for San Diego's emergence as a center for a number of
technology industries. The program is administered through the
university's Extended Studies and Public Programs division.
"We are very
enthusiastic about this new chapter for CONNECT," said Mary
Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of
University Extension. "This program has grown every year in size
and diversity. Fred will continue that growth, particularly in
supporting more student and faculty initiatives in the entrepreneurial