Chapman University’s dean of the Argyros School of Business and Economics, Reggie Gilyard, has been chosen as a 2016 Pink Tie Guy by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.

Each year seven outstanding men from the Orange County community are honored as Komen Orange County Pink Tie Guys based on their support of, and belief in, the mission to end breast cancer.  Becoming a Pink Tie Guy is a lifetime “membership.”

Group at the Pink Tie Ball
Gretchen Valentine, Komen’s board president; Dean Reggie Gilyard; Lisa Wolter, executive director of Komen Orange County


“This is really a tremendous honor, particularly as I look at the list of existing Pink Tie Guys.  This is also a cause that is very important to me” said Dean Gilyard. “I have a brother who recently survived stage 3 cancer.  In addition we have experienced a number of cancer battles here at the Argyros School at Chapman University; among our faculty, staff and their family members.  Thankfully, these battles resulted in multiple breast cancer survivors.  Because of these connections, I greatly appreciate the value that Susan G. Komen Orange County brings to supporting those diagnosed with and surviving this dreaded disease.  To show our support we have co-hosted multiple awareness events in recent years partnered with our MBA Alumni Association, and have also participated in the annual run/walk events.”

Dean Gilyard was honored May 7th during the Tenth Annual Pink Tie Ball program where he was brought to the stage and presented with a pink tie donated from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Dean Gilyard began his tenure as the tenth dean of the Argyros School in 2012; and recently enjoyed a
Bloomberg Businessweek
undergraduate program ranking of #34, which makes Chapman’s Argyros School not only the highest ranking business program in California, but in the West Coast.

Chapman University has a history of supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundation becoming the first university in Orange County to announce a partnership with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in 2013 as part of Chapman’s growth in health sciences. That year, the Chapman team signed up 54 runners for the Race for the Cure and raised $5,000. The Chapman team also took third place for a Non-Profit Group, and the Rookie of the Year Award that year. Each year since, a Chapman team – spearheaded by the MBA Alumni Association – has participated in the run and raised funds.

Past Pink Tie Guys from Chapman include Board of Trustees Member Parker Kennedy in 2005, President Jim Doti in 2006, Board of Trustees Member Wylie Aitken in 2007, and alumnus and Board of Trustees Member Ambassador George Argyros in 2011. For more information about the Pink Tie Guys, visit:

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