Orange County Business Journal

Chapman Plans China Campus; Agran’s History of Irvine

Rick Reiff Sunday, May 22, 2011

Where will Chapman U’s ambitions take it next? China. The little college that could has been chosen by the Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai, to set up a Chapman campus as big as its one in Orange in Zhuhai, a tech manufacturing and tourist town across from Macao on the South China Sea. The $100 million joint venture is one of 15 that the Chinese are undertaking with foreign universities and puts Chapman in the company of NYU and Duke. “We get visibility and entrance into a market where everyone wants to be,” says biz dean Art Kraft. Chinese students, in turn, get a Western education—classes will be in English and at least 20% of the profs will be from the U.S. There are still hurdles to clear but plans are moving ahead: Undergrad business courses could launch in 2013 and within five years the campus is expected to have 250 profs and 5,000 students pursuing degrees in business, the sciences and, yep, film. Zhuhai is 70 minutes from Hong Kong by ferry. Kraft says the trip will be cut to a 20-minute drive when a causeway is finished. That should make Zhuhai, known as the “Chinese Riviera,” an even better fit for Chapman: “It has fantastic weather,” Kraft says …

Newport Beach luxury real estate agent John McMonigle said he earns $5,000 a month but he and estranged wife Robin have $40,000 in monthly expenses, including $13,000 in house payments. Chapter 7 paperwork he filed last week also shows he owes $143,000 on a surrendered Maybach …

There were reminiscences and laughter at the opening of a UCI exhibit devoted to Irvine’s planning history. Councilman Larry Agran jested that after Gov. Pat Brown carried every county except OC and Santa Cruz in the 1958 election, he decided Irvine was “a perfect place to put a liberal university.” Also entertaining the SRO crowd at Langson Library were UCI interim vice chancellor Dan Aldrich III and retired Irvine Company planner Ray Watson, who in the early 1960s teamed with architect William Pereira and Aldrich’s dad, founding UCI Chancellor Dan Aldrich Jr., to design the Irvine Ranch. Watson has donated his personal and professional papers to the library and made a gift that will pay for an archivist “to make sense of my 30 years of accumulated stuff” …

Edwards Lifesciences CEO Michael Mussallem will receive the Medal award at UCI’s annual gala Oct. 29 at Bren Events Center. Other medalists are chemistry prof Larry Overman, retired vice chancellor Manuel Gomez and retired associate chancellor Barbara Davidson. Gala co-chairs are Wells Fargo’s John and Ruth Ann Evans …

A June 2 golf tournament at Coto de Caza will support a college fund for the two sons of Cohen Financial’s Bruce Krall, who was one of several local real estate people killed in a March 16 plane crash at Long Beach Airport. Info at www.brucekrallopen.com.