Senior finance major Brian Peterson has made the most of his time at Clemson University. He’s studied at the University of Oxford and Peking University in Beijing, and has interned with financial services firms in Atlanta and Pennsylvania, all while maintaining honors status.

Though a bright future beckons, the Bethlehem, Penn., student is equally enthused about what’s on the horizon for business education at Clemson, as he readies for the job that awaits him at Goldman Sachs in New York City after graduation in May.

“It’s going to be a new era of business education at Clemson with a standalone College of Business,” said Brian, who chairs the business school’s student advisory board.

The new era Brian references is the result of a campus-wide reorganization of colleges, which will create a standalone College of Business. The new college structures take effect in July and will have behavioral sciences moving to a new college that includes health sciences.

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Finance student Brian Peterson is upbeat about the future of business education at Clemson

“When you look at the benefits of a business school that stands on its own, the first thing that comes to my mind is devoting college resources and energy solely toward the business disciplines within the school,” Brian said. “Add to that a proposed new, state-of-the-art building to house the school, and even more positives emerge.”

The proposed 161,000-square-foot building would be designed for 21st century learning and constructed on the highest point of university land at a gateway to the Clemson campus.

Regarding the college reorganization announced in October, Brian sees benefits beyond adding stature to business education as a standalone college.

“I believe this change certainly enhances Clemson’s ability to recruit students and faculty by showing the university is serious about advancing our business program. It also provides the foundation of a new chapter where education, employer relations, and research are solely within the ‘business’ parameters.”

The new building would feature a glass facade, high ceilings and an openness which will create a modern, corporate headquarters atmosphere. Brian sees the proposed structure, anticipated for occupancy during the 2018-19 school year, as having tangible and intangible benefits.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the new building as it’s been described. Having state of the art facilities for faculty and staff, employers and guest speakers, it will provide the tangible aspects of the changes in the college,” Brian said. “Beyond the physical features, the new structure will be ripe for collaboration and innovative thinkers to build the foundations for their careers.”

Though he won’t benefit directly from the pending business school changes, Brian sees a huge impact for those who follow him in the business disciplines at Clemson.

“These changes, in my opinion, are essential in order to sustain, and grow, the gains our college has seen over the years. While the Clemson community, job opportunities, and excellent education already convince most students to come to Clemson, these changes will most certainly be the deciding factor for those students on the fence.”

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