Reflections : Milestones

With each passing decade, new chapters are added to the already rich history of the CAU School of Business Administration:
 
1800s
  • 1883- Clark University establishes its nascent business college, which represents the earliest business education effort in the history of the CAU School of Business Administration.
  • 1897- Atlanta University offers its first course in Economics with renowned scholar and activist, E.B. Dubois serving as one of the institution’s first Professors of Economics and History.

1920s-1930s
  • 1929- Atlanta University establishes a department of economics and finance, becoming the first black institution to offer graduate work in business.
  • 1931- Clark University offers its first A.B. degree in Business Administration.

1940s
  • 1940- Clark University is rechristened as Clark College and relocates in 1941 to its new campus adjacent to the Atlanta University.
  • 1945- Atlanta University convenes a landmark business conference of national leaders and educators from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), including Clark College. The Conference helped to shape business education for African Americans and minorities across the nation. 
  • 1946- The Atlanta University Graduate School of Business Administration is established on September 25th.

1950s
  • 1950- Clark College expands its Business Administration curriculum with its new Introduction to Business, Labor Problems, and Business English
  • 1952- Dr. Samuel Z. Westerfield succeeds Lorimer D. Milton and becomes the second Dean to lead the Atlanta University School of Business Administration.

1960s
  • 1962- The Clark College Department of Business Administration and Economics expands its curriculum and becomes the largest academic unit at the institution. 
  • 1967- The Atlanta University announces construction of a new three-level building to serve as the home of its School of Business Administration.

1970s
  • 1970- The Atlanta University School of Business Administration dedicates its new home, Wright Hall, in honor of prominent educator, banker, and alumnus, Richard R. Wright (AU Class of 1897).
  • 1974- The Atlanta University School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

1980s
  • 1988- Atlanta University consolidates with Clark College to form Clark Atlanta University (CAU), which leads to each school’s business programs being combined into what is now known as the CAU School of Business Administration.
  • 1989- The CAU School of Business Administration’s undergraduate and graduate programs are both accredited by AACSB International, a historic first for an HBCU.
 

1990s
  • 1994- The CAU School of Business Administration establishes Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Development (LEAD) Week as an annual event that brings together students, faculty, and alumni to participate in inspiring seminars, workshops, networking, and recruiting sessions.
  • 1995- The CAU School of Business Administration becomes one of the first historically black colleges and Universities (HBCU) to offer Entertainment and Sports Management as a Major.
 

2000s
  • 2006- The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) names the CAU School of Business Administration as Educational Institution of the Year.
  • 2007- Wright Hall is re-dedicated as Wright-Young Hallin honor of Harding B. Young, the third Dean of the CAU School of Business Administration. 
  • 2007- CAU and its School of Business Administration ranks among the top five on the Black Enterprise Magazine "Best College or University for African Americans" list. 
  • 2014- The CAU School of Business Administration becomes one of only 20 institutions in the nation and the only historically black college or university (HBCU) to host the Mandela Washington Fellowship, created by U.S. President Barrack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative
  • 2015- The CAU School of Business Administration establishes the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED) as the centerpiece of the institution’s effort to develop an interdisciplinary entrepreneurial ecosystem on campus and beyond.
  • 2018- The CAU School of Business Administration becomes the first historically black college or university (HBCU) to lead a delegation of minority financial technology entrepreneurs to TRANSACT- the world’s largest annual payments technology event.
  • 2019- The CAU School of Business Administration Working Professionals MBA Program
  • 2020- The CAU School of Business Administration achieves the extension of accreditation in business by AACSB International.

 

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