For more than half a century ... 
... JMU students, faculty members and alumni have been building toward this moment.
Beginnings

The College of Social Studies was home to the first graduates of Madison College’s business program in 1958. Students and faculty members continued to pioneer achievements, and in 1972 the business program entered its next phase as the School of Business.

Emergence

Under Dean Robert Holmes, the modern College of Business began to emerge, securing national accreditation, consolidating programs in the newly built Zane Showker Hall, and graduating leaders who continue to influence the business community today.

Leading Change

JMU led breakthroughs in business education under Dean Robert Reid. An integrated curriculum became the college’s hallmark, and businesses coveted its graduates. The innovative merger of business disciplines produced more highly skilled and well-prepared JMU students.

National Prominence

Recognized among the nation’s best, the JMU College of Business—led by Dean Mary Gowan—continues to build on its dynamic past while intensifying focus on engagement, collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship to produce graduates prepared to make the difference.

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