ca. 1981. Left to right: Martin Zober, Gary Aitchison, ?, Charles Handy, Kenneth Elvik, Lee Hoover, ?

Ive College of Business Timeline


  • Debbie and Jerry Ivy announced a $50 million naming gift to the College of Business
  • Gerdin Charitable Foundation commits  a $7 million naming gift for the expansion


  • David P. Spalding named Raisbeck Endowed Dean, the College of Business’ fifth dean


  • Michael Crum named interim dean and Raisbeck Endowed Dean
  • MBA team wins prestigious strategy case competition at the University of Illinois, beating out teams from 11 other MBA programs


  • Raisbeck Endowed Dean Labh Hira announces his return to the faculty at the conclusion of his term as dean on June 30, 2012
  • Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purposeconcludes with the College of Business raising nearly $48 million, nearly $6 million above goal
  • Raisbeck Endowed Dean Labh Hira selected by Board of Regents, State of Iowa to co-chair search committee to replace outgoing President Gregory Geoffroy
  • MBA team wins second consecutive Big 12 MBA Case Competition, hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder


  • College revives its Young Women In Business conference for high school girls, which was held in the late 1990s then discontinued
  • Raisbeck Endowed Dean Labh Hira and his wife, Tahira, are honored with prestigious ISU Foundation Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award for dedicated and long-term professional service and leadership to ISU
  • Team of MBA students wins the fourth Big 12 MBA Case Competition, hosted by the ISU College of Business


  • PhD in Business and Technology launches in fall 2009 with an inaugural class of 8 students
  • Labh Hira installed as the first Raisbeck Endowed Dean
  • College of Business celebrates its 25th Anniversary as a college
  • Differential tuition for junior and senior business majors charged for the first time; revenue used to fund additional faculty positions to reduce core course sizes
  • Russell and Ann Gerdin announce $1.1 million gift to support the college’s new PhD program, Gerdin Citizenship Program, and Communications Center
  • Iowa State’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program earns top honors from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship as a National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program
  • College establishes Russ and Ann Gerdin Award to honor contributions from its valuable corporate partners or successful individuals who are not College of Business graduates


  • David and Ellen Raisbeck announce a $3 million gift to create Iowa State University’s second endowed deanship


  • Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose launched, with a $42 million goal for the College of Business
  • Gerdin Citizenship Program launched
  • Jim Heckmann named state director of the Iowa Small Business Development Centers
  • Business economics undergraduate major added in partnership with the Department of Economics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Communications Center established to improve communication skills among graduates with business degrees
  • Iowa State University and the Pappajohn Center ranked by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine as the 24th best program nationally for students who want to become entrepreneurs


  • Gerdin Business Building Dedicated February 20
  • Gerdin Business Building open on January 6, 2004
  • John Ganoe, executive vice president corporate development of Wells Fargo and Company, was the spring Executive in Residence
  • College of Business and the College of Engineering offer a new Engineering BS/MBA concurrent degree
  • Two new MBA specializations announced in international business and supply chain management
  • Double degree offered in MBA/Master of Science in Information Systems
  • College hosts first Marketing Distinguished Speaker Series
  • College hosts Big 12 MIS Symposium in April


  • Kathryn Wieland is named director of Business Career Services
  • College announces partnership with Iowa Manufacturing Extension Partnership (IMEP) creating the Business Partnership Development Program.
  • The College of Business and the College of Agriculture offer a minor in Sustainable Agriculture for the Ag MBA program
  • New interdisciplinary program for a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction announced
  • Ruan Chair in Transportation and Logistics (Deferred) established
  • Raisbeck Professorship/Chair established
  • The College of Business and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences offer a new MBA specialization in Family Financial Planning
  • Ric Jurgens, CEO, president, COO of Hy-Vee, Inc., was the fall Executive in Residence
  • Entrepreneurial Learning Community announced


  • Labh S. Hira appointed dean
  • Jon Ryan named state director of the Iowa Small Business Development Centers
  • Deloris Wright Endowed Chair in Finance (Deferred) established
  • First part-time MBA students graduate
  • 10th anniversary of the full-time MBA program
  • Gary M. Christensen, president and CEO of Pella Corporation, was the fall Executive in Residence


  • Masters of Information Systems program launched
  • Benjamin Allen moves to interim external affairs vice president for Iowa State University
  • Labh S. Hira named interim dean
  • Groundbreaking and Iowa Regents approve name for the Gerdin Business Building
  • Orville and Kay Steil Professorship (Deferred) established
  • David J. Robino, former vice chairman of Gateway, Inc., was the spring Executive in Residence


  • College of Business ranks 3rd in enrollment
  • John DeVries establishes the John DeVries Endowed Chair in Business
  • Re-accreditation by AACSB
  • College offers e-commerce certificate
  • Gerdin Business Building receives Regents approval
  • Masters of Accounting program was approved by Iowa Board of Regents
  • Richard Stark, president of Iowa Commodities, Ltd., was the spring Executive in Residence


  • Regents approve an ISU Des Moines part-time MBA program
  • Productions/Operations Management major established
  • Dermot Hayes  named Pioneer Hi-Bred International Agribusiness Chair
  • Roger G. Darcy, senior vice president of General Mills, Incorporated, was the Voorhees Lecture guest speaker


  • College of Business initiative launched with $10 million gift from Russell and Ann Gerdin
  • CyTech Challenge established
  • The Union Pacific Professorship for Information Systems established
  • Brad Martin, chairman and CEO of Saks, Incorporated was the fall Executive in Residence


  • Dennis Purdum, vice chairman of Ernst and Young LLP, was the spring Executive in Residence
  • Steve Carter named director of the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship


  • Michael J. Birck, founder, president, and CEO of Tellabs. was the first Executive in Residence
  • Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship established
  • Roger P. Murphy Professorship in Accounting (Deferred) established
  • Richard O. Jacobson, founder, president, and CEO of Jacobson Warehouse and Jacobson Transportation, was the fall Executive in Resident


  • Benjamin J. Allen named dean of College of Business
  • Business Day becomes Business Week


  • Tenth anniversary of the College of Business
  • Benjamin J. Allen named interim dean of College of Business
  • Dean David L. Shrock leaves for University of South Carolina
  • Thomas Donohue, president and CEO of the American Trucking Association, was the Voorhees Distinguished Lecture Series guest speaker


  • Management Information Systems major established
  • Dale Voorhees Lecture Series inaugurated
  • Murray G. Bacon Center for Ethics in Business dedicated
  • S. Information Agency training and development grant received


  • National Science foundation research grant received


  • College receives initial American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation
  • Name changed to College of Business
  • Pre-business students transferred to the college
  • S. Agency for International Development interdisciplinary training and development grant received
  • Donna J. Fuller Endowed Accounting Professorship (Deferred) established


  • First College development director named


  • Principal Computer Laboratory opened
  • Dean Charles B. Handy retires
  • David L. Shrock named dean


  • Union Pacific/Charles B. Handy Professorship established
  • Max Wortman named Pioneer Hi-Bred International Agribusiness Chair
  • Benjamin Allen named first director of the Midwest Transportation Center funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Arthur Andersen Computer Laboratory opened


  • First transportation conference held with keynote speaker Elizabeth H. Dole, U.S. Secretary of Transportation


  • Center for Professional and Executive Development (CPED) established
  • First Fulbright Scholar at College of Business Administration
  • Iowa Small Business Development Centers transferred to College


  • MBA Program approved by Board of Regents and first students admitted
  • Student-run Business Day inaugurated


  • July 1: College of Business Administration officially formed
  • Pioneer Hi-Bred International Agribusiness Chair established
  • Career Development and Placement Office established
  • College of Business Administration Citation of Achievement established
  • John D. DeVries Service Award established
  • First BBA degrees awarded to 205 fall semester College of Business Administration graduates


  • Board of Regents approves the formation of the College of Business Administration


  • School of Business Administration formed


  • Charles B. Handy named as head of business programs


  • Lynn J. Loudenback named department chair


  • Department moves into Carver Hall


  • William H. Thompson named department chair


  • Department of Industrial Administration becomes a part of the new College of Science and Humanities


  • William H. Schrampfer named department head
  • Department of Industrial Administration established January 15


  • The accounting program qualifies as a major for the CPA examination

Late 1930s

  • Name changed to Industrial Economics in the Department of Economics and Sociology

1929 – 1930

  • Name changed from Business Engineering to Engineering Economics


  • Business courses offered in the Department of Economics