School of Business Administration Centennial Celebration

main hall circa 2018

Photo: University Hall at the University of Montana circa 1918 provided by the Mansfield Library, Archives & Special Collections

This photo of main hall at UM is commemorative of the first home for the School of Business Administration, founded in spring 1918. As we approach our Centennial year, we will share photos and stories from the past and invite our alumni to share their stories and photos with us.

Mark Your Calendars for Saturday, April 22, 2018 for our Centennial Celebration. We’ll have more information coming to you soon – keep checking back for the most up-to-date information.

The School of Business Administration at UM traces its origin to 1914 when a Department of Commerce was organized as a branch of the Department of Economics. Classrooms were provided on courses in accounting, money, and banking, credits and collections, shorthand, and typing.

In 1916, five students were the first to receive bachelor’s degrees in commerce from the University.

The Department of Commerce became the Department of Business Administration in 1917, and a number of new courses were added, including commercial law, American business methods, business organization and management, salesmanship, real estate, insurance, business for women, and additional accounting courses.

In 1918, the State Board of Education authorized the organization of a School of Business Administration, replacing the Department of Business Administration. Shirley J. Coon became the first Dean of the School in 1919. A two-year course for juniors and seniors was offered. The new school was given offices and classrooms in the basement of Main Hall.