A Timefor transformation


Welcome to the Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University! We are delighted that you're here.

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So We Turn to YOU

In higher education today, the gap is widening between universities regarded as “the best” and those counted among “the rest.” A new home and other vital resources will enable the School of Business to continue its proud tradition of entrepreneurship, scholarship, teaching, and global service. Every gift to the School of Business and to the University is meaningful—whether large or small. And the spirit of your generosity will be felt by our students, faculty, staff, and community every day, for years to come.

Through their commitment, Tom and Vi Zapara have expressed their faith in the generosity and vision of others who believe in the important role of the School of Business. Whether it’s the young couple who have just completed their La Sierra education giving $50, or those alumni who are more established and who have an ability to provide more substantial gifts, the Zapara’s believe that now is the time for the La Sierra University family to step forward and make this exciting vision of a new School of Business facility become a reality.

Through the support and commitments of friends like you, together we can assure that our goals can be achieved. This is the moment for La Sierra University’s School of Business to complete its transformation from being one of “the rest” to its position as one of “the best.”

There are many ways you can make a significant gift to support the completion of this essential academic initiative. We’ll be happy to meet with you to discuss all the options available. Each expression of support from our friends and alumni adds to the cumulative effect toward creating a stronger La Sierra University community.

This new building is the facility that will enhance the La Sierra University School of Business’s remarkable record. Together we must invest in the education of future generations of students and business leaders. Our students now and in the future are richly deserving of your support.


About the School

Our Mission

The mission of the School of Business is to facilitate economic decisions that embody God's love and justice. Contributing to the fulfillment of La Sierra University's mission, it seeks to serve its students, the University, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and society, expressing and cultivating a commitment to global Christian service through creative, moral, and socially responsible business activity (learn more...)

Our Dean

Dr. John Thomas has more than 25 years of experience in new venture start-ups, mergers, acquisitions, capital sourcing, research and development both domestically and internationally. As Dean of the School of Business, he teaches finance, entrepreneurship and economics and has mentored and developed four consecutive winning teams for the Students in Free Enterprise International Championship, which includes more than 1,000 colleges and universities. (learn more...)

Our Team

La Sierra University School of Business Students come from all over the world to learn how to create value and make a difference. For our students, we form a team of faculty not only academically qualified to teach, but also actively engaged as practicioners in their respective fields. And our professors are joined by our highly qualified and committed Dean and support staff to create a purposeful experience both in and out of the classroom. (learn more...)

Our Programs

The School of Business offers baccalaureate degrees (BA, BS), and a graduate degree (MBA). All are designed to educate leaders who will simultaneously create value and make a difference.

The La Sierra MBA program offers you a solid grounding in analytic skills; the management and reporting of business information; value creation; leadership; and the legal, political, economic, and global environment of business. And ours is the world's only MBA program with core courses in ethics, workplace spirituality and social entrepreneurship. (learn more...)

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Ground Breaking Pictures

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Video Gallery

Short video of the progress made on the construction through July 24, 2012.

Dr. John Thomas (Part I)

Thomas Riggle on Proposing the Design

News & Updates

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