Over the past five decades, the School of Business Administration at Oakland University has grown from a small liberal arts business program in the College of Arts and Sciences to a department of economics and of business administration at an AACSB-accredited business school offering undergraduate and graduate business degrees.
“Imbued with the pioneering spirit of our founders, Oakland University School of Business Administration is recognized for creating transformational experiences for our students, our partners, and our community,” said Dr. Michael A. Mazzeo, Dean and Professor of finance at Oakland’s School. of business administration.
“Through rapid growth and constant change over the past 50 years, we have remained focused on what matters: ensuring that business students and businesses have the knowledge and skills to succeed and lead.”
The School of Business Administration has seen considerable growth in its reputation in the business and research community over the past 50 years, thanks to the work of its expert faculty members and the success of its graduates in the world of work.
“With a finger on the pulse of emerging industry needs, the School of Business Administration is leading the way by introducing distinctive programs and experiences that prepare business graduates with cutting-edge skills ahead of market demand,” said said Mazzeo. “This entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with strategic understanding and the ability to translate concepts into action, means that the OU School of Business Administration is able to continue to deliver quality programs and exceptional graduates to a market evolving world.”
Here are some highlights from the past five decades:
• 1969: The Department of Economics and Business Administration at Oakland University is transforming into the School of Economics and Management, offering a BS in Management, including courses and majors in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Business Management human resources and management information systems.
• 1971: Beginning of the first Master of Commerce program called Master of Science in Management.
• 1980: The Master of Science in Management evolves into the MBA.
• 1986: The Board of Trustees approves the School of Business Administration as the new name.
• 1988: Earns prestigious accreditation for its undergraduate business and accounting programs from AACSB-International.
• 1999: The first Executive MBA cohort begins classes.
• 2000: Moves into Elliott Hall, named after Nancy and R. Hugh Elliott.
• 2007: Launch of the ACHIEVE and Business Scholars programs for undergraduate business students.
• 2010: The Stinson Student Advancement Center, which offers a one-stop-shop offering student services, meeting and relaxation spaces, opens its doors.
• 2011: The Tim and Marsha Healy Café opens, serving Elliott Hall visitors a selection of fresh food and Starbucks products.
• 2011: Start of the Ideas 2 Business program.
• 2015 : The $2 million student-run investment fund, powered by the Kresge Foundation, in the new Data Analytics and Trading Floor Lab welcomes the first students.
• 2019: The first Business Honors cohort enrolls.
“On the shoulders of those who came before us, including our dedicated friends, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and supporters, the OU School of Business Administration is poised to succeed for generations to come. “, said Mazzeo.
The OU School of Business Administration will commemorate its Golden Anniversary on Saturday, May 21 at the 50and Golden Gala Celebration, presented by the Elliott Foundation, at the Royal Park Hotel, and Celebration Brunch on Sunday, May 22 at the Oakland Center.
For more information on the celebration, visit https://www.oakland.edu/business/alumni-friends/anniversary.