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100th Anniversary Timeline
1913: The School of Commerce is created by action of the Board of Regents in May 1913. It offers a baccalaureate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences with a special certificate in commerce. James E. LeRossignol is named director.
1915: The School of Commerce has its first four graduates: Gilbert C. Loomis, Joseph A. Phillippi, John P. Robertson and Otis Ellery Taylor.
1916: The School of Commerce is one of the 16 charter members of the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business.
1918: Director LeRossignol appoints a committee on business research. Before the Department of Business Research is formally created in 1927, it produces 19 issues of the series "Nebraska Studies in Business."
1919: College of Business Administration is established by the Nebraska Legislative Bill HR-250 which expanded the university to 10 colleges. James E. LeRossignol is named dean and 423 students are enrolled.
1919: CBA grants its first degrees. Among these include five females: E. Myrtle Beckman, Gertrude H. Judd, Fay Sherwin, Elizabeth Varner and Hazel Ward.
1921: The cornerstone for the Social Sciences Hall is laid in 1917 and the building is dedicated in 1921. During World War I, the building is used as a barracks.
1921: The first Bizad Day includes cancellation of classes, a parade and a picnic. Later in 1931, the first Bizad Recognition Banquet is held for the presentation of scholarships and awards of Gold Keys for academic achievement. Gold Keys are still awarded at the CBA Honors Convocation each year.
1923: Harry Pecha, class of 1924, writes "My Dear Old Nebraska U" to be used for a Nebraska stunt night program. It is quickly adopted on campus as a fight song.
1941: John D. Clark becomes second dean of the college. He faced drastically declining enrollments due to World War II.
1946: Dean Clark (left) is selected as one of the inaugural members of the President's Council of Economic Advisers by President Harry Truman. Earl Fullbrook (right) is named the third dean of the college.
1947: The Bureau of Business Research becomes a charter member of the Associated Bureaus of Business and Economic Research (AUBBER). In 1970, AUBBER becomes Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER).
1948: The GI Bill facilitates a large increase in students. Enrollment reaches 2,104 students in 1947-48.
1948: Under the leadership of Edgar Z. Palmer, the Bureau of Business Research shifts focus to develop data for a gross state product using an index measuring industrial and general business activity for a gross state product.
1958: Charles S. Miller becomes the fourth dean of the College of Business Administration. Dean Miller saw business education as "more analytical, with sophisticated mathematical tools and additional stress on behavioral input in marketing and management."
1958: The first four deans of the College of Business Administration (l. to r.) Charles S. Miller, Earl S. Fullbrook, John D. Clark and James E. LeRossignol come together.
1963: The Nebraska Council on Economic Education is created to advance economic literacy in K-12.
1964: The on-campus MBA program is established.
1966: The department of business organization and management is reorganized into accounting, finance, marketing and management departments. Economics and the Bureau of Business Research remain as they were.
1968: Social Sciences Hall is renovated and rededicated as the College of Business Administration Building on January 30, 1970.
1973: Ronald L. Smith is named dean and brings the corporate model of organizing by task forces and centers, and focuses the curriculum on decision-making skills. He initiates an executive MBA directed at corporate upper management.
1974: Students could earn a baccalaureate degree in any of the given departments rather than receiving a general BSBA.
1976: A minimum 2.5 GPA is established as a requirement for business students.
1977: Gary Schwendiman becomes the sixth dean and begins a comprehensive revision of undergraduate curriculum.
1980: The department of accounting becomes the independently AACSB accredited School of Accountancy.
1983: The partnership with Oxford University that leads to the Nebraska at Oxford study abroad program begins. The first group of students study abroad in the summer of 1988.
1985: The Nebraska Center for Productivity and Entrepreneurship, now known as The Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship, opens and encompasses many of the programs of the management department.
1986: The Senshu University (Tokyo, Japan) exchange program is established.
1989: The National Center for Research in Economic Education opens under the leadership of Bill Walstad. The NCREE has designed many widely-used standardized tests assessing economics knowledge.
1991: CBA celebrates the groundbreaking for the renovation and addition to its building, which is completed and dedicated in 1994. The CBA Advisory Board spearheaded the capital campaign.
1993: E.J. Faulkner Writing Lab opens to help students develop the communication skills that are requisite in the workplace.
1995: John W. (Jack) Goebel is named seventh dean of the College of Business Administration.
1995: CBA confers its first MBA degree “via satellite” to Jack Copsey, owner of Valley Oil Company, Scottsbluff, Neb.
1995: The first Business Learning Community is created. Select freshmen live together in a residence hall, take the same classes and meet business professionals.
1997: The program in business ethics is established.
1998: Cynthia H. Milligan is named the eighth dean of the College of Business Administration.
2000: The J.D. Edwards Honors Program in Management and Computer Science opens in the newly constructed Kauffman Center. In 2008, the program is renamed as the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management.
2001: The first issue of
is printed featuring a question and answer session between Warren Buffett and Dean Milligan.
2005: The MBA program becomes available as an online program with student enrollment from across the globe.
2006: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates presents a question and answer session with business students that is taped and produced as a special by PBS.
2006: The department of economics celebrates its centennial anniversary.
2007: The actuarial science program celebrates its golden anniversary. More than 175 alumni, friends and current students attend its celebration.
2008: The college becomes a partner school with the Certified Financial Analyst Institute to offer a CFA track in finance.
2009: Dean Milligan retires, and John E. Anderson is selected as interim dean.
2010: Donde Ashmos Plowman is named the ninth dean of the College of Business Administration.
2011: Bureau of Business Research launches Leading Economic Indicator Reports.
2012: CBA Connects Scholar Community is created.
2012: The DREAM BIG Academy is created for diverse high school juniors to learn about the opportunities available in the world of business.
2012: CBA launches its own Career Services with two career coaches.
2012: A new $84 million 240,000-square-foot building is approved by the NU Board of Regents and expected to be completed in 2017.
2012: A new supply chain management major and entrepreneurship track for management majors are offered.
2012: A new business minor for all UNL non-business majors is created.
2013: The Nebraska Council for Economic Education celebrates its 50th anniversary.
2013: CBA Honors Academy begins as a partnership with the UNL Honors Program.