New Centers and Facilities

By BizEd Staff

May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017Baylor University’s Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, home of the Hankamer School of Business in Waco, Texas, has been awarded LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. To earn the certification, a building must satisfy rigorous standards that address its environmental impact. The Foster Campus includes environmentally friendly features such as a solar-reflective roof, dimmable LED lighting, natural lighting for all interior offices, and sustainable landscaping and irrigation systems that increase water efficiency.
May 9, 2017—In April, ESSEC Business School, based in Cergy-Pontoise, France, opened its ESSEC Africa-Atlantic campus in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Starting in September, the campus, which will act as a hub for ESSEC on the African continent, will welcome students from the school’s Global BBA, MSc in Management, and executive education programs. The school also plans to develop an incubator on the new site to support the local entrepreneurial community, as well as partner with institutions such as the International University of Rabat and Ecole Centrale in Casablanca.
May 9, 2017J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. has invested US$2.75 million to create the J.B. Hunt Innovation Center of Excellence at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Created with the collaboration of the company, the College of Engineering, and the Sam M. Walton College of Business, the center will be an interdisciplinary space where teams of students from business, engineering, and computer science will devise solutions to problems related to supply chain management. These teams will work jointly with business researchers and J.B. Hunt employees.
May 9, 2017—Late this fall, Clemson University's College of Business will break ground on the construction of a US$87 million, 170,000-square-foot, five-story building that will nearly double the space for business education at the university. The new structure will feature two towers connected by an outdoor stairway, atrium, classrooms and shared learning spaces, and faculty and staff offices. LMN Architects of Seattle is collaborating with South Carolina-based LS3P, the architecture firm leading the project. The school will break ground on the building this fall and expects it to be ready for occupancy in early 2020.
May 9, 2017—Entrepreneur and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has provided a US$5 million grant to Long Island University in Brookville, New York, to create the LIU T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. This spring, the school held a ribbon cutting to mark the opening of Phase I of the project, a 3,935-square-foot renovated space in its Bush-Brown Hall. Through the institute, LIU will connect its on-campus incubators for startups and support LIU-iQ Consulting, its student consulting service. In Phase II of the project, the university will add an additional 12,000 square feet of incubator space.
April 28, 2017—The University of South Florida’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business has opened its new building, Lynn Pippenger Hall (see photo at right, top). The 68,000-square-foot, four-story facility relies on an open building plan and generous use of glass to create a light-filled space. In addition to active program spaces such as a trading room and consumer insight lab, the building incorporates a patterned surface inspired by local coral stone, a palm-lined courtyard, a central business commons, and a scholar’s garden. The building was designed by the architecture firm ikon.5.
April 28, 2017—The Darla Moore School of Business building at the University of South Carolina in Columbia has earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, the highest certification awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.
April 13, 2017Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Bloomington has established a new Center for Coaching Excellence and Personal Leadership to offer personalized executive coaching to business professionals. The center draws upon resources from across the school, including a dozen professional staff and faculty members who will undergo training and certification from the Coaches Training Institute and the International Coaching Federation. Services will be offered through Kelley Executive Partners, the school’s executive education arm.
March 7, 2017—Surrey Business School at the University of Surrey launched a Centre for Management Learning (CML), the first of its kind in the U.K. The CML is a response to economic, political, technological, and societal events shaping today's business world. Through industry-informed curriculum, innovative teaching practices, and pedagogic research, the center aims to enhance management learning so students are better prepared to lead in a constantly changing workforce.
March 1, 2017—The School of Business and Economics at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh has opened a Center for Cybersecurity and Technology, an interdisciplinary venture involving the business school’s management information systems and analytics department and SUNY’s computer science department in the School of Arts and Sciences. The center will provide hands-on experience to students via projects and research related to cybersecurity. The center also will conduct an outreach program that will encourage high school students to pursue careers in cybersecurity by engaging them in projects with their college peers.
February 22, 2017Imperial College Business School in London has opened a new Centre for Climate Finance and Investment. Researchers at the center will work with companies to help them make better financial decisions when investing in technologies that help stabilize the climate, specifically in the areas of solar and wind energy and energy-efficient transport. The new center follows the launch of an MSc in climate change, management, and finance, which started in September 2016.
February 22, 2017—The University of Southern California in Los Angeles has created a new center dedicated to transnational law and the global business regulatory climate. The USC Center for Transnational Law and Business will produce research and propose policy related to transnational business law issues; host events to convene government officials, lawyers, and businesspeople; and train students for leadership positions in global law and business. Housed in the USC Gould School of Law, the center will be directed by Brian Peck, former California deputy director of international affairs and business development.
February 2, 2017—The University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management (ASM) recently broke ground on the new McKinnon Center for Management. Nearly triple the size of the 50-year-old Anderson West building, the new US$25 million building is a 61,000-square-foot facility that will feature teaching spaces, conference areas, open-use study areas, three labs, and advising and career services centers. A US$5 million donation from Ian McKinnon and his wife, Sonnet, helped bring the project to fruition. The center is scheduled to open in 2018.
January 25, 2017—The University of Dayton will establish the Center for Cybersecurity & Data Intelligence with a lead gift from Premier Health. Premier will collaborate with the university's faculty experts and information technology staff to identify and test new cybersecurity practices, create education and awareness programs for employees, and share best practices with the greater Dayton community. The center will offer university students opportunities for experiential learning, internships, and job recruitment. Faculty from a cross section of disciplines—including computer science, computer engineering, management information systems, law and technology, and others—will contribute to the center's knowledge base. The center will initially focus on the healthcare environment but is seeking lead partners representing other industry sectors to broaden the scope of the center's work.
January 25, 2017—The William G. Rohrer College of Business at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, now has a new home in Business Hall. The 98,300-square-foot structure, which opened to a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 18, is the first academic building dedicated solely to business education on Rowan’s Glassboro campus. The new building, which includes 14 classrooms, seven conference rooms, ten specialty spaces, 15 administrative offices, and 70 faculty offices, will allow Rowan to double its enrollment in the Rohrer College of Business.

January 17, 2017—Palm Beach Atlantic University will open a new Titus Center for Franchising at its Rinker School of Business this fall. The center, which was endowed by a gift from United Franchise Group (UFG) CEO, Ray Titus, will offer Rinker business students focused coursework, an internship program, and opportunities for job shadowing and training at UFG. The center also will provide professional education in franchising. John P. Hayes, a veteran franchise practitioner and educator, has been appointed as the Titus Chair for Franchise Leadership and center director.
January 17, 2017—The National Housing Endowment has awarded the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business a US$100,000 HELP Grant to establish the Burns School Home Builders Academy. The academy, established in partnership with Oakwood Homes, Precision Building Systems, and the Colorado Construction Institute, will provide a hands-on learning experience for construction management students through a home-building learning lab. Additionally, the Burns School is developing a fully online non-degree Home Builders Academy Certificate, expected to launch in fall 2017.
January 11, 2017—The Martha and Spencer Love School of Business at Elon University in North Carolina opened a new Center for Organizational Analytics. The center serves as a hub for faculty, students, and industry thought leaders to disseminate best analytics practices, solve organizational problems, and promote analytics teaching and research. The center hosts an annual conference, an organizational analytics roundtable series, and workshops offering insights into analytic tools and approaches. Local business partners—including Amazon Web Services, SAS, and Go Global N.C.—provide data, student internships, and consulting projects.
December 20, 2016—James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, has embarked on a campaign to support its new College of Business Learning Complex, an addition and renovation to its existing building. The school has already raised more than US$7 million toward its $15 million goal. The 166,000-square-foot space will allow the school to accommodate 5,000 students and provide new classrooms, informal gathering areas, an expanded capital markets lab, a tutoring lab, and other features. The learning complex is scheduled to break ground at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year and be completed two years later.