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Last modified: Thursday, November 14, 2002

About Indiana University's Kelley School of Business

Editors: The new Graduate and Executive Education Center is a major step forward for Indiana University and its Kelley School of Business. Below are facts about about the Kelley School, its history and programs and contact information for people who can discuss the school and its new facility. See other releases at for more information about the building and the Nov. 22 dedication ceremony.

How long has Indiana University offered business education?

One hundred years ago, commerce courses began to trickle into the IU Bloomington curriculum and a school of business was established in 1920. After more than 80 years of innovation, the Kelley School of Business continues to maintain its visibility as one of the country's premier business schools. The school grew from humble beginnings in the early years, struggled through hard times during the Great Depression, and reaped the rewards of Herman B Wells' legacy, as he laid the foundation for success. World War II and its entrepreneurial aftermath encouraged institution building, academic change, internationalization and innovation at the business school. With the development of the IUPUI campus came the creation of business school programs in Indianapolis, including a highly successful evening MBA program. In 1997, the school celebrated the 50th anniversary of its doctoral program, which has sent more than 1,000 doctoral graduates to key positions in industry and academe. The school has more than 77,000 living alumni today.

How many students today receive business education in the Kelley School?

The school offers undergraduate and graduate education programs to approximately 4,600 full-time students on its Bloomington campus and approximately 1,200 students on its Indianapolis campus.

How did the Kelley School of Business get its name?

In 1997, the school was named in honor of philanthropist E.W. Kelley and his family, in appreciation for their gift of an ambitious, $23 million business scholarship program. The Kelley Scholars Program today attracts many of the nation's most outstanding high school graduates interested in pursuing an undergraduate program in business. Kelley, the managing general founder of Kelley & Partners Ltd. and co-chairman of the Steak n Shake Co., has maintained a close association with IU dating back to the mid-1930s, when he was president of the School of Business student body, president of the student YMCA, chair of the IU Sing, founder of the IU Accounting Club and a member of several student and academic fraternities. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from IU in 1939.

How long has it been since a building exclusively for business education has been dedicated at IU Bloomington?

In November 1966, then-IU President Elvis Stahr dedicated the adjoining School of Business Building (it is now connected to the new Graduate and Executive Education Center). Cost of the building was $5 million.

What do others say about the Kelley School of Business?

The Kelley School of Business is frequently recognized for having outstanding educational programs. Its master of business administration degree program has been a fixture in Business Week magazine's listing of the top 20 programs. In addition, the Wall Street Journal recognized the school's high reputation among corporate recruiters and gave the Kelley School's MBA program a No. 14 ranking. The school's undergraduate program has regularly been ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report magazine. Other definitive publications, including Money magazine, have recognized various Kelley programs as among the best. These reports indicate that its students have been identified as among of the favorites of corporate recruiters who are looking for promising managers, marketing talent and finance graduates.

To whom can I talk about the Kelley School and the Graduate and Executive Education Center?

Dan R. Dalton has been dean of the Kelley School since 1999. Make arrangements for interviews with Dalton through Margaret Garrison, director of marketing and communications in the Kelley School, who can be reached at 812-855-3369 or

James Wimbush is chair of the MBA program and IU associate dean of the faculties. He can be reached at 812-855-8006 or

Cam Danielson is executive director of Kelley Executive Partners. The Kelley School has been a leader in executive education for more than 40 years. He can be reached at 812-855-0229 or

Paul Robins is executive director of administration in the Kelley School and the project coordinator for the building. He can be reached at 812-855-1195 or

Bradley C. Wheeler, IU associate dean of teaching and learning technologies and associate professor of information systems, co-chaired the committee to determine the building's technological needs. He can be reached at 812-855-3478 or

Joseph M. Waldman is the Lawrence D. Glaubinger professor emeritus of business administration and the primary author of a new history book about business education at IU. He can be reached at 812-332-5641.