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About This Project

As we approach 100 years, the University of Alberta School of Business’ history is rich in stories. Please share yours with us.

The goal of expanding what was done for A Chronicle of Commerce: A History of the School of Business, written by Dr. Bill Preshing, Professor Emeritus, and published to coincide with the University’s Centenary in 2008, will hopefully be achieved by encouraging graduates and friends to visit the website version of the book to not only comment on the rich history of the School of Business, but also contribute stories and help identify past alumni in images to create a strong, unified online alumni community.

Please remember that this is a work in progress and it’s based on written documents. We encourage you to share your memories – “the unwritten history” if you will.

We are proud of this project, as we are the only business school we are aware of that has documented its lengthy history in print and online.


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Chapter Titles

Foreward / Time Capsule
When I first became Dean of the Alberta School of Business in the summer of 1997...

Initial Years of the School (1916 - 1937)
In the words of Walter Johns in his "A History of the University of Alberta, 1908-1969"...

The Depression and World War II (1929 - 1945)
With the end of World War I in 1918, it appeared that the University of Alberta....

New Directions (1945 - 1960)
With the end of World War II and the massive surge in the search for higher education...

The Turning Point (1960 - 1975)
When the School became a Faculty, a whole host of activities occurred...

Growth and Change (1975 - 1990)
While the White Paper generated considerable disagreement....

Expanding Horizons (1990 - 2009)
The Alberta School of Business is an exciting place to be right now...

Looking Forward (2010 - and beyond)
Stories to be added by students, faculty, alumni and friends of the School of Business...

Afterword / Appendices
Attempting to encapsulate ninety years of the history of the School of Business...