(June 4, 2020) — The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, today approved a name change for the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business Department of Management. The approved name is Department of Management and Entrepreneurship.

The name change will allow the department to more accurately serve students, businesses, and other stakeholders. The name change highlights the importance of entrepreneurship as a strategic priority.

“Entrepreneurship is an important focus in Iowa, at Iowa State University, and in the Department of Management in the Ivy College of Business,” said Deidra Schleicher, the John and Deborah Ganoe Professor of Management and chair of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship.

“This is perhaps even more true now than ever, as entrepreneurial thinking and innovation will be an important engine for recovery in the coming years. We offer a number of courses in these critical areas and have multiple faculty who publish their research in top journals in the field. Entrepreneurship is a strategic priority for our department. Our management faculty have worked so hard to make this happen,” said Schleicher.

Entrepreneurship is the fastest growing major in the Ivy College of Business, which demonstrates the strong student interest in this field and the need to change the name of the department.

Entrepreneurship is also part of the culture at Iowa State.

In November, Iowa State was listed number 26 in the nation in The Princeton Review’s 14th annual survey naming the top undergraduate schools for entrepreneurship studies. Entrepreneurship has been a theme at Iowa State for more than 20 years thanks to the many successes at the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Students have the opportunity to learn from leading entrepreneurs in and out of the classroom. They have access to top quality programs such as CyBIZ Lab and CYstarters.

Entrepreneurial excitement has been accelerating in recent years.

“The Ivy College of Business launched an undergraduate major in entrepreneurship in the fall 2017, the first at a public university in Iowa. To have a nationally ranked program in two years is impressive,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding. “This is a testament to the dedication and talent of our faculty and staff, who continue to offer high quality academic programs for our students.”

Also in 2017, the college launched a PhD in entrepreneurship — only the eighth in the country. The university has also offered a minor in entrepreneurship for many years, which is open to all Iowa State students.