The Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, more commonly known as the Trulaske College of Business, is the second largest academic division at the University of Missouri.
During the early stages of the college, there was some controversy regarding the nature of the courses that would be offered. Some university faculty favored practical vocational courses, and others favored general, cultural, or theoretical courses. Dean Davenport and Thorstein Veblen, both professors of economics, eventual won out in their belief that all courses should have a theoretical purpose over and above their practical value; however, all courses offered were to also maintain a degree of practical value.
The College's business programs were among the first in the nation to be accredited. The American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) was established in 1916, and in 1926 the MU College of Business became the first public business school in Missouri to earn accreditation from AACSB. Only 14 institutions nationwide had been granted membership in AACSB prior to MU. The college was also a leader in offering the PhD degree in business-related fields.
The College of Business has made its home in several buildings throughout its history. The original Commerce Building was the north part of Swallow Hall on Francis Quadrangle. On January 29, 1927, the school moved to the former quarters of the law school, which was renamed the Business and Public Administration Building. This location is now part of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Middlebush Hall was constructed in 1959 as the new home for the college, and it was named for Frederick A. Middlebush, who had served as Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration and President of the University.
Dr. Bruce J. Walker assumed the position of dean of the College of Business in 1990, and he immediately began exploring the possibility of construction of a new building to house the college. By that time, enrollment had significantly outgrown the more than 30 year old Middlebush Hall, and classes had to be held in several other buildings. MU began to draft plans for the a new business building in 1994, and on September 18, 1999, the university broke ground on a new home for the College of Business, and it would be twice the size of Middlebush when completed. The 150,000 square foot Cornell Hall was completed in 2002 at a cost of nearly $30 million. The state-of-the-art facility is named for Harry M. Cornell, Jr., who is chairman emeritus of Leggett & Platt. Cornell is 1950 graduate of the college, and he and his wife have donated approximately $7 million to the college.
On October 19, 2007, the University of Missouri announced that its College of Business is now officially named the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business. The change comes following a series of large gifts from Geraldine Trulaske, in honor of her late husband, Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. The College of Business is one of only two named academic divisions at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The other named division is the Sinclair School of Nursing.
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In the most recent rankings by the Wall Street Journal, the MBA program earned the distinction of being ranked in the top 20 of public MBA programs, and it was the highest ranked MBA program in the State of Missouri. Recent rankings in Forbes also placed the program in the top 50 of all MBA programs - both public and private. In the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings for 2009, The MBA program ranks 52 out of all MBA programs in the nation and ranks 26 among public MBA programs nationwide. The program ranks in the top 15 percent of all AACSB-accredited MBA programs.
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During Visit to Mu College of Business, Gov. Nixon Details Positive Fiscal and Economic Impact of Expanding Medicaid
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