Leavey School of Business Centennial
Shaping Innovative and Ethical Business Leaders Since 1923
Business education has deep roots at Santa Clara University, reaching all the way to a commercial course that launched in 1854. However, to meet ever-growing demand after World War I, the University launched a formal business school in 1923 with the announcement of the College of Commerce and Finance.
Thirty-five students registered in the first full year of operations; 100 years later, the school enrolls more than 2,500 students in all of its programs. The name changed with the times, from the College of Business Administration in the 1920s to the School of Business in the 1960s to the Leavey School of Business in the 1980s. One thing that has not changed in all that time is the School's commitment to educating principled, innovative leaders who are prepared to use what they have learned to impact the world.
Leavey School of Business Through the Years
While business education has been part of Santa Clara University since its early days, the university officially created a College of Commerce and Finance in 1923 to provide a fundamental education as well as nurturing the next generation of business leaders.
Our deep traditions of values-based learning and educating the whole person sit at the intersection of business and education resulting in inspired and impactful leadership that instills the principles of ethical business into our students.
Looking to our next century, we are launching our Leavey PLUS initiative in which we focus on partnerships, leadership, unity, and sustainability to ensure that our graduates are prepared to be a community of changemakers eager to transform both their companies and the world at large.
100 Years of Leavey Leadership
From 1923 when the College of Commerce and Finance was formed, and in the following year when Kenna Hall was constructed, the Leavey School of Business transformed over 100 years to become the leading institution it is today.
Business education has deep roots at Santa Clara University, reaching all the way to a commercial course that launched in 1854. However, to meet every-growing demand...
For Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business, 2023 will be a year of milestones. The school is celebrating its 100th anniversary with plans to invite Leavey legends and alumni...
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