The Department of Commerce was initiated in 1937 as part of Eastern's teacher preparation program. In 1946, it became the Business Education Department, and in 1959, it became the Department of Business. The biggest change came about in 1962 as the department was reorganized and renamed as the School of Business when the non-teaching business majors outnumbered the Business Education majors. The school was housed on the second and third floors of Old Main, and Dr. James Giffin was Dean.
The early 60's brought an increased demand for business programs in addition to teacher preparation, so the curriculum grew to include degree programs in accounting, management, marketing, and secretarial studies. In 1965, the School of Business moved to Blair Hall, and Phi Beta Lambda, Delta Sigma Pi, and Phi Gamma Nu were established. In 1967, Delta Mu Delta was added, and the Masters in Business Administration program was launched in 1968. The school was renamed the Lumpkin College of Business in 1987.
The 90's have brought many changes, most notable of which was the opening of our new state-of-the-art facility, Lumpkin Hall, in January 1990. In 1993, the college was granted accreditation by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for its undergraduate and graduate programs. It was also the year the university implemented a restructuring process that combined six academic colleges into four and the Lumpkin College of Business and College of Applied Sciences were merged into the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences. Another reorganization occurred on July 1, 1997, when the School of Business began functioning as a unit of the whole, without academic/administrative departments.
As the business world changes, so must the business of preparing students for productive careers. International learning opportunities are expanding as well as partnerships with organizations that employ our graduates. The Twenty-first Century will bring new and exciting challenges to the students of tomorrow and the School of Business will meet those needs.
The mission of the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences is to create an academic environment based on an intellectual inquiry that facilitates for stakeholders the development of personal, professional, and technical characteristics that have economic and social value.
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