In the past two issues of Prospectus, I proudly shared some of the most exciting news of our college history.
In the spring 2018 issue, I was excited to announce our new name as the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business, after we received a $50 million gift from alumnus Jerry Ivy and his wife, Debbie.
In the fall 2018 issue, I provided an overview of our many successes over the past five years, which include fundraising, enrollment, and rankings, just to name a few.
Since those issues were printed and shared with you, we have more great news to share.
Once we officially changed the college name, we embarked on a historic branding process. On page 6, we walk you through our branding process and provide visual examples of some of this exciting work. Our goal in our initial public campaign is to help everyone embrace our new name. We Are Ivy.
We have had some amazing successes with our MBA programs. Our full-time program has been ranked among the
best and is now a top 50 MBA program, according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings. That places ours in the top 10 percent of all full-time MBA programs in the country. Our part-time MBA program was voted “Best MBA Program in Des Moines” in September. Details on our MBA program successes is outlined on page 16.
With five years of enrollment growth, our students, faculty, and staff have outgrown the Gerdin Business Building.
On page 12, we share the details of our building expansion. Designed with students in mind, the expansion will provide 40 percent more space for students, faculty, and staff and will include classrooms, computer classrooms, a multipurpose space, and study areas.
For the latest updates and photos, please follow our social media accounts. Handles for each platform are included at the bottom of this page.
At the Ivy College of Business, we constantly evaluate and add new programs that will benefit our students and assist them in excelling in the workforce. In the fall, we will launch three new programs, including an undergraduate major in actuarial science, a master of real estate development, and an executive MBA. As you read the article on page 10, think about the employees in your organization. Are there future leaders among your employees who would benefit from enrolling?
As you can see, it has been a busy year. These are just a few examples of exciting projects and successes here at the Ivy College of Business. I hope you enjoy the rest of the articles featured in this issue of Prospectus.
As always, we thank you, our friends, alumni, and donors, for your ongoing support.
David P. Spalding,
Raisbeck Endowed Dean
Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business