The Huntsman School of Business is the oldest continuously operating business school west of the Mississippi River, having its origins in 1889 as the Commercial Department of the Agricultural College of Utah. The first class of eight graduated in 1894. As the university grew, so did the business department, evolving to a college of commerce, and then the college of business in 1970, and then to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in 2007.
The original Commercial Department made its physical home in a small space in the Old Main Building in the 1890s. Over the decades, that home became larger space in Old Main, and with the growth of the campus, moved to other buildings until 1970, when the college of business moved to its own home in the George S. Eccles Business Building. Generations of Aggies studied in the classrooms of the Eccles Building, and untold businesses were hatched in its hallways. For a time, USU students threw couches and watermelons, among other items, off the roof as part of student activities.
But enrollment growth quickly outpaced the capacity of this iconic Cache Valley building, and with the support of the university, and our alumni and friends, we undertook the planning to add a new building that could serve as a business complex for future generations to come. In the following pages, we pay homage to our history and give you a glimpse of a new era for the Huntsman School. This new space is built for our entire community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends, and we hope you will be as excited as we are to bring to reality our dream of a new home that can bring together many, many more members of the Huntsman community.