Timeline of Milestones

1940's


1941

School of Business established with Laurence J. Ackerman as Dean.

1947

First academic departments introduced – Accounting, Finance, Industrial Administration, Insurance, Law & Secretarial Studies, and Marketing.

1950's


1957

Evening MBA Program at the Hartford campus is offered.

1958

The School’s undergraduate program earns accreditation by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

1959

Real Estate studies are added to the curriculum.

1960's


1960

Full-Time MBA Program is launched and is only open to Air Force officers.

1963

Dean Ackerman retires and is succeeded by Dean Robert O. Harvey.

1964

Full-Time MBA Program opens to civilians.

1967

First undergraduate internship program is established.

1968

Standardization of Storrs, Hartford & Stamford MBA Programs occurs.

1970's


1971

All three MBA Programs earn accreditation by AACSB International.

1974

Dean Ronald J. Patten succeeds retiring Dean Harvey.

1979

Health Care Management is added as a specialization to the MBA Program.

1980's


1981

Information Management becomes an academic department, spinning off from Management, and eventually becomes Operations & Information Management.

1982

Business Career Center is established through a grant from CIGNA.

1984

Thomas J. & Bette Wolff Program in Entrepreneurship is established.

1985

Both graduate and undergraduate Accounting Programs receive AACSB International accreditation.

1987

First students are admitted into the Ph.D. Program.

1988

Dean Patten retires and is succeeded by Dean David Kidwell.

1990's


1990

First students are admitted into the Executive MBA Program.

1992

Dean Kidwell resigns and is succeeded by Dean Thomas G. Gutteridge.

1993

1994

The School's first web site is established.

1995

The School is designated as one of 27 Centers for International Business Education & Research (CIBER) in the country.

1996

The first endowed chair is established – the Robert Cizik Chair in Manufacturing & Technology Management; the GE Capital Global Learning Center is established; the first Ackerman Scholars are named.

1997

UConn Downtown campus opens in the Travelers Education Center; the Connecticut Information Technology Institute (CITI) is established.

1998

New UConn Stamford campus opens its doors.

1999

The School breaks ground for a new state-of-the-art, $27 million learning and research facility; the Treibick Family Electronic Commerce Initiative Fund (TECI) is established; the MSA Program is launched.

2000's


2000

$1 million Student Managed Investment Fund is established; the Treibick Family Chair for CITI, the Gladstein Professor in Information Management and Innovation, and the Shenkman Family Chair in E-Business are established; WebCT is introduced in the School to enhance learning and facilitate online course delivery.

2001

The School opens the doors to its new home on Hillside Road; in partnership with GE, edgelab opens in Stamford providing 40 student internships; ING Center and the ING Chair in Financial Services established; Auran J. Fox Chair in E-Business is established; School completes and achieves the Kresge Challenge.

2002

BusinessWeek ranks UConn among the “Best B-Schools” in the country; Interim Dean CF Sirmans replaces Dean Gutteridge.

2003

William C. (Curt) Hunter is appointed Dean; the MSA Program goes fully online.

2004

UConn School of Business Graduate Business Learning Center and SS&C Technologies Financial Accelerator open in downtown Hartford; additional $1 million is added to the Student Managed Investment Fund.

2006

Interim Dean Mo Hussein replaces Dean Hunter.

2008

P. Christopher Earley is appointed Dean; ranked by BusinessWeek in Top 45.

2009

SCOPE learning accelerator launched.

2010's


2011

MS in Business Analytics and Project Management is launched; undergraduate Program ranked in Top 25 by U.S. News & World Report; Karla Fox appointed interim dean.

2012

The first "Startup Weekend, Storrs" was held in January; the School hosted the first U21 Doctoral Research Conference in Business in April; John A. Elliott is appointed the eighth dean and the Auran J. Fox Chair in Business.

2013

Inaugural Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference hosted.

2015

The MBA program is ranked among the Top 100 in the world by Financial Times; the MSA ranked #2 nationally by U.S. News.

2016

Business and Human Rights Initiative established. The Board of Trustees vote to extend the lease at the Graduate Business Learning Center (GBLC) at 100 Constitution Plaza in Hartford and to add two additional floors to the existing space. The decision creates a long-term presence for the graduate programs in the heart of Hartford and reflects the surge in demand for specialty master's degree programs.

2017

The Center for Advancing Business Analytics (CABA) is established; Graduate Business Learning Center adds 2 additional floors to accommodate substantial enrollment growth; greater Hartford undergraduate program relocates from West Hartford to the refurbished Hartford Times Building creating the new Hartford campus.

2018

The School of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences launch a new dual-degree, German-immersion program called EUROBIZ to give students an edge when applying for jobs with international companies.

Highlighting the long-standing excellence of our accounting department, alumnus Matt Bradford '16, '17 MSA gets the highest score in Connecticut, and one of the best in the nation, on the four-part CPA exam.

2019

Thomas Katsouleas, a leading plasma scientist with deep academic roots in teaching and research, becomes UConn's 16th President in February. "Increasingly, having a great business school has become more and more central to being a great university," Katsouleas said shortly after joining the university.

David Souder is appointed interim dean of the School of Business.

The School of Business establishes the Toscano Family Chair in Finance. Professor Yiming Qian is recruited as the inaugural chair.

The School's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) program celebrates its 10th anniversary. The program helps U.S. veterans fulfill their dreams of owning their own businesses. To date, program alumni have created 168 businesses.

2020's


2020

Amphenol, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Wallingford, Conn., created a $1 million accounting scholarship in honor of its late CFO Diana Reardon. Reardon earned her business degree from UConn in 1981. Her family said she would be thrilled that the scholarships will serve ambitious women pursuing accounting degrees.

After serving as interim provost, John A. Elliott returns as dean of the School of Business, where he holds the Auran J. Fox Chair in Business.