Business education takes on new status at Clemson
A new era is dawning on business education at Clemson University.
Beginning July 1, for the first time in its 127-year history, Clemson University’s business disciplines will stand on their own, a change leaders say will enhance the academic unit’s reputation nationally.
“Clemson means business today more than ever,” said Bobby McCormick, business school dean. “With the new structure, the new College of Business will have the focus and impact needed to deliver world-class business education better than ever before.”
The College of Business is the result of a university restructuring that created seven new colleges, which students will experience for the first time this fall. Clemson leaders say the new colleges will be better positioned to achieve national prominence by creating more focus on their respective disciplines.
McCormick agrees, adding that coupled with the planned construction of a new building for business education, the restructuring puts the business program in a strong position to raise the university’s national stature.
“The restructuring is a clear message of commitment to business education being critical to the university’s future by senior leadership and our trustees,” McCormick said. “Our ability to draw business students from beyond South Carolina’s borders has been strengthened, putting us in a prime position to elevate the university’s stature at a national level.”
Contributing to that strengthened position is a proposed new home for business education at Clemson.
“As we build on our holistic business education experience, university trustees have shown their confidence in our direction by providing preliminary approval for construction of a new business building,” McCormick added. “The state-of-the-art building will be constructed at the center of campus.”
Plans call for the more than 150,000-square-foot facility to house business and related programs, and provide space for outreach and research institutes. Construction would be funded through state appropriations, private gifts and institutional bonds. Its tentative completion is expected in the 2019-2020 school year.
“The business school is well positioned to address 21st century business issues through creative and innovative learning,” McCormick said. “We have the people and programs in place for our innovation, leadership and entrepreneurial tenets to shape careers by helping students realize their potential. We are determined to become nationally recognized as a program of choice for business education.”
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