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Afterword / Appendices

Attempting to encapsulate ninety years of the history of the School of Business has proven to be both challenging and rewarding.
Summing up six years of research on how the School achieved its present-day status is equally challenging. Since I have quoted numerous individuals at length, it seems only appropriate that I end this Chronicle in the same manner by quoting the conclusions reached by Rod Ziegler when he was good enough to review some earlier drafts. Rod, who had enjoyed a lengthy career at the Edmonton Journal and was at the School for a number of years, suggested that the success of the School was based on the following factors: stepping up to the plate to meet a need; being able to make maximum use of available resources, figure out what’s needed, now and in the near future; making the system work for, rather than against you; finding, cultivating and sharing the strengths and successes of allies in the non-academic community; and, being able to build bridges that deliver the goods, no matter how strong the winds of change.

Rod also commented on the truly innovative ways in which the Faculty of Business built those bridges and secured those bridgeheads, and how it has successfully defined its place in the world. That said, the Chronicle is a work in progress since much remains to be done to provide a more comprehensive and ongoing history of an entity that has been evolutionary rather that revolutionary.

Corrections and additional information would be most welcome given that the Chronicle is the first attempt to provide a history of the School. My hope is that the reader will have found the Chronicle has provided some insight into a complex organization that, in my opinion, not only reflects society but continues to contribute much to it.

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“A University should be the most practical of all institutions. It should strive to find the answers to the economic and social problems of common everyday people and then share its knowledge with them.”

- Dr. Henry Marshall Tory
June 1908