Not long after he became dean in 1995, Stuart Greenbaum decided to host a barbecue for the entire Olin community during the first week of classes, launching a more than 20-year community tradition that grows in size each year.
One hundred years ago, the very idea of a business school was not a high priority for most academic institutions. But an economics professor named William F. Gephart believed there was a good reason to legitimize the study of finance and commerce, and it became his mission to open a business school at WashU.
In the mid 1960s, when civil rights protests were growing and calls for radical social change permeated all walks of life, Sterling H. Schoen, a professor at WashU’s business school, realized through his research that Fortune 500 companies employed no African Americans in management. Schoen, an expert in labor relations, wanted to open the doors to business education and corporate career tracks for underrepresented min...
By 1919, the two-year-old School of Commerce and Finance at WashU was “exceeding expectations,” according to its Dean William Gephart. And in what would become a recurring theme in years to come, the dean made a case for a new building to house the growing business school.
Celebrating a century in business
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