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History of the Broad College

1855

The Michigan Legislature passes Act 130 to establish the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan and appropriated “twenty-two sections of Salt Spring Lands for its support and maintenance…” and $40,000 to carry the college through its first two years of operation. The school was formally opened and dedicated on May 13, 1857.

1861

J. G. Ramsdell begins teaching bookkeeping and commercial law at Michigan Agricultural College (the college’s name was changed from the original the same year); in a 1954 article, “The process of change: A look at the development of the College of Business,” by former Assistant Professor Margaret MacColl and retired faculty member John W. Ruswinckel, Ramsdell is referred to as “the father of MSU’s College of Business.”

1874

Double-entry bookkeeping concepts first taught at the Michigan Agricultural College.

1895

Introduction of a formal course called “Farm Management and Accounts”.

1909

The college is renamed again as the Michigan Agricultural College.

1916

Specific courses are created in accounting, marketing, and finance and are taught by the Department of History and Economics.

1922

David Friday, a nationally known economist, is appointed president of Michigan Agricultural College and establishes many new courses, including the major in Economics.

1923

E.A. Gee is the first faculty member in the Department of Economics to be trained in Accounting; he will become the director of the Division of Business in 1951.

1925

The Michigan Agricultural College is renamed the Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science.

1927

The School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management is established.

1941

John A. Hannah becomes president of Michigan State University, initiating a period of remarkable growth for the university; he remains president until 1969.

1944

MSU creates a new division, the School of Business and Public Service, combining business, hotel administration, police and public administration, and social service programs.

Colonel Dorsey Rodney appointed dean.

1945

Accounting is first offered as a major.

1949

Herman J. Wyngarden appointed dean.

1951

The School of Business and Public Service is separated into two divisions: the Division of Business and the Division of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management; the Doctor of Business Administration Program is established.

The Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center is built; today it provides The School of Hospitality Business with classrooms, food service laboratories and learning environments.

1952

Bureau of Business Research established to gather current business statistics of interest to faculty and the business community; it also provided an independent publishing outlet.

1953

The business administration program is accepted for accreditation at the undergraduate level by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

1955

During the centennial year of the institution, its name was changed to Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science.

1956

The business administration program gains the formal status of a college within the university, and is known as the College of Business.

1958

Alfred L. Seelye appointed dean.

1960

The Master of Business Administration program is established.

1961

The Eugene C. Eppley Center is built for “graduate training in the fields of hotel, restaurant and institutional management.” Eppley, a hotel executive and philanthropist, was known as the largest individual hotel operator in the world, owning more than 20 hotels between 1915 and 1956. He died in 1958.

1963

The new state constitution shortens the university’s name to Michigan State University.

1964

The business college starts an off-campus degree-granting program called the Advanced Management Program; this would become the Weekend MBA of today, which is offered at the Management Education Center in Troy, Michigan.

1966

The Graduate School of Business Administration and the Business Alumni Association join in sponsoring the first annual Detroit Management Conference; in 2002, this was renamed as the Broad Executive Forum.

The Business Alumni Association is founded.

1968

Up to this point, the business school had awarded 39 doctoral degrees and 528 master’s degrees.

Eli Broad receives the Distinguished Business Alumni Award.

1969

Executive development seminars begin in the Kellogg Center as a form of continuing education; today the Broad College offers a full range of open enrollment and customized Executive Development Programs.

1970

Kullervo Louhi is appointed dean.

1974

Richard J. Lewis appointed dean.

1975

William Lazer, professor of Marketing and the American Marketing Association President, is appointed by President Ford to the Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations.

The Management Education Center is built in Troy, Mich., thanks to significant donations from General Motors, Chrysler and Ford Motor Company along with alumni and other industry leaders, to create a permanent home for the Advanced Management Program (now known as the Executive MBA Program).

1983

AACSB accounting accreditation granted for both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

1989

Materials and Logistics Management program begins as a new major.

1991

Eli Broad pledges $20 million to the College of Business and the Graduate School of Management.

1992

The North Business Complex is built on Bogue Street connected to the Eppley Center. The new building was a key project of MSU 2000: Access to Opportunity.

1994

James B. Henry is appointed dean.

1996

The Program in Integrative Management (PIM) begins, which will become the popular Weekend MBA Program, now offered at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development.

1997

The William C. Gast Business Library opens in the lower level of the College of Law building on North Shaw Lane across from the Eppley Center.

1999

The Lear Corporation Career Services Center opens, providing an undergraduate career planning and placement facility.

2001

Donald J. Bowersox is appointed dean.

The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development opens, a $16 million project that draws business executives from across the nation for degree and certificate programs.

High-tech Financial Analysis Laboratory opens, allowing students to experience professional-level securities trading technology.

2002

Robert B. Duncan is appointed dean.

2003

The IBM On-Demand Supply Chain Laboratory is established with a Shared University Research (SUR) award from IBM; it is the first of a series of laboratories that will be set up at The Smeal College of Business at Penn State University, The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and The Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin.

2004

The Team Effectiveness Teaching Laboratory opens in Eppley Center, allowing the expansion of course offerings in leadership and teamwork to both MBA students and undergraduates.

The Center for Leadership of the Digital Enterprise (CLODE) is established to study how firms can creatively – and successfully – combine information technologies (IT) with business processes and strategies.

2006

The Institute for Entrepreneurship is created, and is comprised of two separate centers: the Center for Venture Capital, Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance (CVCPEEF) and the Center for Entrepreneurial Strategy.

2007

The Campaign for MSU, a seven-year fundraising initiative, comes to a successful close; the Broad College’s endowment grows to $50 million.

2008

Elvin C. Lashbrooke is appointed interim dean.

2010

Stefanie Lenway is appointed dean.

2011

The John and Marnie Demmer Center for Business Transformation is established to help Michigan-based manufacturing businesses transform into lean, agile global competitors, increasing their presence and profitability in domestic as well as global markets and opening the doors to new employment opportunities for Michigan workers.

The newly renovated J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Culinary Business Learning Lab opens in the Kellogg Center, providing a state-of-the-art learning lab for students in The School of Hospitality Business.

2012

The Broad College develops online certificate programs in supply chain management, hospitality business, and management for working professionals as part of its Executive Development Programs.

2013

A master’s degree in business analytics is created to meet the growing need for professionals who can analyze large data sets to guide business decisions.

The Broad College’s top-ranked Department of Supply Chain Management took the lead in opening the Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation, which focuses on “grand challenge” advances and solutions in value chain management.


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