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The GW School of Business was born in a spirit of innovation.

You might say it's our oldest -- and proudest -- tradition. For 75 years, we've stood on the cutting edge of bold new ideas. Today, that's still where you'll find us: creating and building for a new century.

In 1928, the School was founded on the idea, new for its time, that business and government might become partners in promoting national prosperity and international development. Beginning with a $1 million endowment from the League of Masonic Clubs, GW President Cloyd H. Marvin established what was known as the School of Government, with degree programs that integrated business and politics on the national and international levels.

In the years following World War II, change came rapidly. In 1960, the School was renamed the School of Government, Business, and International Affairs. Then, in 1966, President Lloyd H. Elliott split its faculties into a new School of Government and Business Administration (SGBA) and a School of International Affairs -- which today bears President Elliott's name. The SGBA was renamed the School of Business and Public Management in 1990. In 2004, it became the School of Business.

Throughout its history, GWSB has attracted some of the nation's most outstanding leaders from academia, government, and the business world. In 1992, F. David Fowler, a managing partner of KPMG Peat Marwick, became dean of the school. During his tenure, he dedicated himself to educating a generation of effective managers.

Dean Fowler was succeeded in July 1998 by Susan M. Phillips. A former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, she brought to the School her expertise in such specializations as derivatives, bank supervision, and financial management.

Fully dedicated to the proud traditions of growth, excellence, and innovation, Dean Phillips helped forward GWSB's expertise in preparing the business leaders of tomorrow.

Mission Statement

To deliver an outstanding education, advance knowledge, and provide practical experience in diverse organizational settings, leveraging the unique advantages of our location in the Washington, D.C., area, in order to enhance the capacities of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the business community to be productive and principled members of society. Read more

The Culture of Change

William Becker's The Culture of Change was written in honor of the School's 75th anniversary and covers the history of GWSB. It features archival photographs and an extensive timeline.