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Growth and Change
(1975 - 1990)



Minutes of the 269th meeting of Faculty of Business Council, September 10, 1986, contain a reference to the sudden death of Hu Harries, who died on horseback while at a competition in British Columbia.  At the subsequent meeting of Business Council on September 23, 1986, the Faculty established the Hu Harries Medal in Business awarded to a student with the highest academic standing in the final two years of the B.Com. program.  In 1987, the executive of the Banff Student Business Seminar (BSBS) established the Hu Harries Banquet as the closing event for their annual seminar.  BSBS is now known as the Rocky Mountain Business Seminar (RMBS).  [UAA, 87-64, Box 4]  Hu Harries had played a significant part in the development of the Faculty of Business.  As pointed out earlier, it was not always an easy journey, but he left an imprint on the Faculty and provided the crucial elements in bringing the School to Faculty status.
What is also of interest is that only a small number of individuals have taken on the responsibility of the Deanship for the School of Business.  As noted in Chapter IV, Hu was founding Dean in 1960 and filled that role until 1968.  Lorne Leitch was acting Dean for 1968-69, and Ted Chambers was Dean from 1969-76.  For the era covered in Chapter V (1975-1990), the Dean’s position was occupied by Ted Chambers as noted above, and his successor, Doug Muir, died before assuming office in 1976.  Over the next 15 years, the Dean’s position was held by the following:

    1976 – 1977        Roger S. Smith (acting dean)
    1977 – 1978        D. Gordon Tyndall (acting dean)
    1978 – 1983        Roger S. Smith
    1983 – 1984        Rodney Schneck (acting dean, while Roger Smith on leave)
    1984 – 1988        Roger S. Smith
    1988 – 1989        Lorne C. Leitch (acting dean)
    1989 – 1992        Jean-Louis Malouin  
    1992 -- 1997        Rodney Schneck
    1997 -- Present   Michael B. Percy
*Source, School of Business Records.

Also of interest is that Jean-Louis Malouin has been the only “external” appointment, coming from the University of Laval to take up the Deanship at Alberta.


Another important development resulting from funding issues was an increased emphasis on fund development from external sources, private rather than only government.  With reference to the latter, in the fall of 1980, Roger Smith sought information on the development of The Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, obtaining some insights into the formation of that particular Foundation, with the idea that a comparable structure could be created for Management Education.  In a letter from D.F. Cameron, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, October 23, 1980,  the point was emphasized that Foundation had been established to carry out medical research and that the request required a joint submission from The Faculties of Medicine at both Edmonton and Calgary.  [ASOB, 7/05/06]  Moreover, government funding had taken on some new approaches since, on May 14, 1980, James Horsman, Minister of Advanced Education, had written to John Schlosser, Chairman of the Board of Governors, stating,
        “I was pleased to announce today in the Legislature the establishment of the 1980’s Advanced Education Endowment Fund.  This new Fund, which will replace the Three Alberta Universities Fund, will enable Government to provide up to $80 million in matching grants to Alberta public post-secondary institutions.
        “For your information, I enclose a copy of my Ministerial Statement along with a document outlining the policy, guidelines, procedures and scope of the 1980’s Advanced Education Endowment Fund.  You will note that Government will match gifts for approved capital projects such as construction and acquisition of equipment.  It also will match the revenues from endowment gifts for operational purposes.  All legitimate functions of institutions, including teaching, research and community service, will be eligible for matching grants under the Fund.”
[UAA, 83-12, 44, RG3]

In a document dated November 14, 1980, Roger Smith presented a recommendation that:
    “Canadian management education has benefited from private sector support relatively little when compared with support in the United States.  Moreover, the more recently developed business schools in Western Canada have received minimal support from the private sector when compared with schools in Ontario and Quebec…
    “It is proposed, therefore, that the Government of Alberta, consistent with and necessary for the fulfillment of its social and economic goals, adopt a policy of developing Alberta as an outstanding centre for management education, research, and development.
“To this end, an umbrella organization called the Alberta Heritage Management Research and Development Fund should be established.  The Foundation would support centres and institutes involved in research and continuing education, research programs in existing universities, course development activities, chairs for truly distinguished professors, lecture series and visits by distinguished management educators, conferences and short courses of the highest calibre, and fellowships and research activities in graduate programs.”  [UAA, 99-23, Box 3]

While an organization envisaged by Roger Smith did not become a reality, the introduction of a wide variety of fundraising efforts will be presented in much greater detail below.


    While the use of computers was well underway at the School by the late 1970s, numerous developments and changes occurred (and continue to occur) during the mid- 1980s.  In part, the changes were brought about by the increasing use of computers and computer related systems being used as part of the teaching process.  Thus, for example, in a memo from Glen Mumey (March 11, 1986), reference was made to possibly relocating the IBM lab from the third floor to the basement Mac lab in order to facilitate proctoring.  A week later, Glen sent another memo with reference to ‘Computing Policies.’  These included items such as:
1.    The Faculty would continue to buy micro-computers for new tenure track academic staff members;
2.    A $3000 budgeting allocation for each department;
3.    A modification of the proctoring system, et al

On April 3, 1986, Terry White, Dean of Arts, issued a University-wide memo with reference to Computer Based Instruction – PLATO.  He asked for faculty input on a number of questions:
1)    Should the University continue to provide consultation to instructors interested in developing computer based courses?
2)    What, if any, percentage increase did Faculties anticipate in the use of PLATO over the next five years?
3)    Is PLATO service important enough to receive central funding?
4)    Would your Faculty be prepared to pay some portion of the PLATO service over the next five years?
[UAA, 99-23, Box 19]

Later in 1986, December 15, Peter Winters and Stephen Hayne sent a memo to Glen Mumey with reference to a Networking Lab for the Faculty’s microcomputers.  The memo pointed out that when the Faculty had moved into the new building, some type of network connecting the various machines would be instituted, but “At that time the network technology was new, uncertain, expensive, and rapidly changing.”  Moreover, Computing Sciences had advised waiting and, as a consequence, networking for the labs had been placed on hold.  Peter and Stephen suggested that the Faculty proceed with local networking, beginning with the Grad lab and expanding the network as experience and resources permitted.  [UAA, 99-23, Box 19]

The issue of financial support for computers and related systems was reiterated by Peter Winters in a memo (April 3, 1987) referring to ‘Microcomputers, obsolescence, lab fees.’  Peter pointed out that the Faculty had spent major funds on computers but that technology and how developments were creating a situation where computers were subject to shorter and shorter technological life.  He went on to agree that, given the realities of the increased usage of computers and related software, capital budgets of $100,000 – 200,000 a year and operating funds of $50,000 – 100,000 a year would be required.  [UAA, 99-23, Box 19]

One issue which became more pronounced was the ‘divergence’ between individual users and network usage.  On May 19, 1987.  Glen Mumey in ‘Notes on Computing Policy’ suggested that
        “When hardware and software permit, users seem to gravitate toward computers over which they alone have control.  Statistical software which is extensively used in the Faculty’s research is now available for micro usage, and in the next few years, as hardware capabilities and staff predilections change, we expect that most statisitical (sic) research use will shift to Faculty level.  Similarly, financial databases which are extensively used are now becoming available on compact disks, and will probably migrate toward Faculty-level facilities.  Much Faculty instruction in statistics and finance is now mainframe-based, but will probably follow other Business instructional usage to the micro milieu within the next few years.” 
[UAA, 99-23, Box 19]

Over the next few years, questions about computers and computer networks in teaching, research, and funding, continued to be a major concern.  On October 25, 1988, Peter Winters – in a memo to the Faculty – stressed the need to add to the support staff required for maintenance of the whole of the computing operation in the Faculty.  On January 16, 1989, Peter wrote another memo to the Computing Committee stressing a number of significant points:
1.    The Faculty of Business had spent upwards of $900,000 over the past five years on micro-computer hardware and more than $100,000 on associated software;
2.     The stock of computing equipment and software is aging rapidly;
3.     Micros and their software have become a more and more important part of the entire life of the Faculty - for staff, students and administration; 
4.    As a consequence of the above, the Faculty was rapidly falling behind other business schools in the use of computers.  [UAA, 99-23, Box 19]

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"My own impression is that we should look forward in the not distant future to some organization corresponding to a School of Commerce of which this might very well form a part. Commercial Departments in connection with Universities have so far not been successful in Canada, although I believe that after some years now the one at McGill is making some progress."

- Dr Tory, First President of the UofA
16 January 1919