William Gephart

Experiential Learning: Part of Olin’s DNA for a century

By Sydney Miller on March 3, 2017 in Milestones

Business trends come and go, but one component of business education has been a constant at Washington University since 1917. On-the-job experience has been a hallmark of every student’s time at the business school since its founding.

The Roaring ‘20s: New name and focus for business school

By Sydney Miller on September 12, 2016 in People

As the first World War was nearing its end, Washington University was introducing a business school: the School of Commerce and Finance. The 1920s were a pivotal time for the fledgling school, and the deans leading the school during this era influenced the direction and focus of the business school for years to come.

William Gephart: The father of Olin Business School

By Sydney Miller on August 3, 2016 in People

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.

Duncker Hall: Olin’s first home

By Sydney Miller on July 14, 2016 in Places

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.

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