Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
Type Public
Established 1889
Dean Douglas D. Anderson
Academic staff
Students 3,621[2][3]
Location Logan, UT, United States
Alumni 27,080[2]
Affiliations Utah State University

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is located at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.


The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business was first formed in 1888 as the college's Commercial Department. The first students graduated from the course in 1894.[4]

In its first two decades, the program went through several organizational revisions, including various name changes. By 1911, the program (then named School of Commerce) was already recognized as a top business institution in the U.S. A 1911 newspaper, reporting about the economics department, said:

When so eminent an authority as professor L. C. Marshall of the University of Chicago reports that the work in the department of economics of our school is comparable to that given in the best institutions in the country, we feel that we are paid one of the highest tributes ever. And this conclusion of professor Marshalls was not reached after any superficial investigation. Months were spent in collecting material from the various degree conferring institutions ... In the number of hours instruction given, the number of students in the courses, and the general standard of the courses, we are surpassed by only a very few of the large universities.[4]

In 1918, the school became known as the School of Commerce and Business Administration. At that time, the school then included five departments: markets, business administration, accounting, political science, and history. Other majors continued to be added over time.

In 1952, under the direction of professor C. D. McBride, the Management Institute came into existence. Utah's economy was rapidly shifting from agriculture to business, and Utah State University, as the land-grant institution in Utah, had an obligation to provide educational services to people in business and industry throughout Utah comparable to those being offered in agriculture and rural life through the Cooperative Extension Service. The Management Institute was in charge of providing the services of business educational services.

By 1957, the School of Commerce and Business Administration had become the College of Business and Social Sciences, with M. R. Merrill as dean. Of the four departments, three were strictly social science: history and political science, economics and sociology. In 1959, Robert P. Collier became acting dean. The college included the departments of business administration and secretarial science, history and political science, sociology and social work, and economics.

By 1966, business courses were taught in more than a dozen buildings all over campus. Accounting, which had enjoyed department status early in the college's history but had been under business administration for many years, became a separate department again. In addition to the accounting department, the College of Business included six other departments along with The Division of Military Science and aerospace studies.

The time had come for the college to have its own building. The Utah Building Board approved a $600,000 federal grant for a business building, and on Jan. 11, 1967, the schematic plans for the building were approved by the USU Board of Trustees. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on Dec. 10, 1968, with a projected cost of $1,591,700 for the structure. On May 8, 1970, the building was dedicated as the George S. Eccles Business Building.

The Eccles Building reaches nine stories high. It includes a three-story classroom base, and six additional stories of faculty offices, seminar rooms and other facilities.

The undergraduate program of the College of Business was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 1971, and in 1981 the graduate (master's) program was accredited by AACSB.

In February 1983, the department of accounting became the school of accountancy. By 1986, the College of Business had a full-time enrollment of approximately 1,398 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs (Self-Study Report, 1986). Thirty-nine full-time faculty and 32 part-time faculty were employed in three departments: business administration, administrative systems and business education, and accounting. The department of economics remained under the joint administration of the colleges of business and agriculture.

In 2007, Utah State's College of Business became the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business after a $26 million donation by the Huntsman Foundation. The school hopes to model itself after Jon Huntsman, Sr.'s alma mater, the prestigious Wharton School of Business located at the University of Pennsylvania.[5]

On March 16, 2016, Jon M. Huntsman Hall was dedicated and opened. [6]

On May 6, 2017, the Jon M. Huntsman School announced a joint $50 million gift from the Huntsman Foundation and the Charles Koch Foundation. The joint gift is the largest in the school's history.[7]

As of 2018, the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business offers 7 undergraduate major and 16 undergraduate minor degrees. The accounting program is nationally ranked. The Huntsman School also offers 7 graduate programs. There is a 15:1 student to professor ratio and 28,000 Huntsman School graduates. [8]


The George S. Eccles Business Building underwent a major renovation, in 2008, made possible by a grant of $1 million from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, along with $10,000 from the Associated Students of USU, additional funds from USU and the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business itself.[9]

In 2011, the Utah Legislature approved funding for a new business building to be located south of the Eccles Business Building. The new building was funded by $16 million in private funds and $14 million in state funds. The 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) building will include classrooms, faculty offices, a business library, and three new business centers.[10]


The Huntsman School of Business offers graduate and undergraduate degrees the fields of management, accounting, economics and finance, and management information systems (MIS).[11] The school of accountancy has picked up Top 5 rankings in CPA exam scores by its grad students, as well as its Institute of Management Accountants, which has received a "Gold Level Award of Excellence" for each of the past 14 years, essentially making it the top such institute in the nation.[12] In addition, the student accounting club Alpha Beta Psi has won the Superior Chapter Award for 32 consecutive years — also the longest streak in the nation.[13] Outside of accounting, the Huntsman School widely touts its travel programs, including the unique Huntsman Scholar Program.[14] U.S. News & World Report ranked the Huntsman School 183 nationally for business programs.[15]

Programs and centers

  • Consortium for Applied and Scholarly Research Utah State University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with "high research activity."[16] The Consortium for Applied and Scholarly Research is a professional association whose intent is to provide students with activities believed to promote career advancement and success.[17] Research is conducted by students, faculty, and sponsoring organizations with the intent to "advance the science and profession of business."[17] Within the Consortium for Applied and Scholarly Research, programs are broken into applied research programs and scholarly research programs. The applied research programs include the Career Acceleration Center, the Entrepreneur Program, and the Survey Research group, all of which have the intent of easing students' transition from their formal education to their career.[18] The scholarly research programs include the Research Group, the Society for the Advancement of Ethical Leadership, the Research Group Quarterly, and the Business Intelligence Group. the purpose of the scholarly research programs are to address issues related to the science of business.[19]
  • Entrepreneur Program The Entrepreneur Program includes student groups, such as the Entrepreneur Club and the New Venture Consulting Group, as it engages members in workshops, mentoring, support for student entrepreneurs and community outreach.[20] Housed in the center is the Small Enterprise Education and Development (SEED) program. To date, SEED funded approximately $85,000 in small business loans, all from student-raised money.[21] In the summer of 2010, interns were sent to Ghana, Peru and Uganda.
  • FJ Management Center for Student Success The FJ Management Center for Student Success brings together various student services, including recruiting, student advising, and career development under one organizational structure and in one physical space to create a "one-stop-shop" for students seeking academic and career advising.[22]
  • Focused Fridays The purpose of Focused Fridays is to increase direct student and employer relations. The Huntsman School coordinates events every Friday. Events such as workshops on resume writing, interview prep, leadership forums, various professionals giving presentations about career opportunities, and luncheons where students get the change to rub elbows with executives.
  • Global Learning The Global Learning Experience programs include: Asia Summer Program, Peru Summer Program, London City Break Program, Paris City Break Program, and Semester Exchange Programs. There are also multiple scholarship opportunities for each program.
  • Huntsman Internships In 2009, Huntsman students completed 344 internships with 253 companies, across 16 states and 10 countries.
  • Huntsman Scholar Program In the program, students participate in curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular experiences across multiple years.[23]
  • Koch Scholars Program The Koch Scholars program offers students from a variety of academic disciplines the opportunity to meet on a weekly basis to discuss an assortment of select books, movies and podcasts surrounding the principles of a free society. The program is based on the idea of the Select Society of 18th century Edinburgh: On pages 192 and 193 of How the Scots Invented the Modern World, the author, Arthur Herman, wrote about the social clubs of Edinburgh where people gathered to discuss ideas and issues. He says, "The most important of these clubs was the Select Society...[which] by 1760 included virtually every prominent man of letters and taste in the Edinburgh vicinity, as well as a host of physicians, architects, military officers, merchants, magistrates and above all lawyers."[24] He further says the Select Society was "a place where all ideas were created equal, where brains rather than social rank took pride of place and where serious issues could be debated with the sort of freedom which is taken amongst Gentlemen and Friends, who know each other well."[24] The Koch Scholars program is funded by a generous grant from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation.[25]
  • Partners in Business Partners in Business is a student-run, nonprofit organization sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. The program holds a series of professional business seminars featuring topics on operational excellence, accounting, leadership and many others.[26] Partners brings experts representing all fields of business from across the United States to share their advice, expertise and experience with business professionals and students.[27]
  • Shingo Institute The Shingo Institute, an organization that evolved from the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, is formed by a group of students who are passionate about principles of operational excellence, continuous improvement, and lean operations. The club often holds meaningful, value-added events and opportunities for its members.[28]
  • Small Enterprise Education and Development (SEED)
  • Undergraduate Research USU places enormous emphasis on undergraduate research opportunities, and students in the Huntsman School play a large role in that. The undergraduate research program at Utah State University and the Huntsman School is the second oldest in the nation, next to MIT's.[29] From 2009 to 2010, 15 Huntsman students published works in business journals including the Journal of Education for Business, the Journal of Business and Economic Research and the Journal of Business Inquiry. Each year 10 to 15 engage in team-based scholarly research with a faculty mentor, and as many as 50 to 100 complete class-based research under the direction of a faculty member.



Undergraduate students receive an average starting salary of $45,373 per year after graduation from the school. Graduate students earn an average starting salary of $53,298 per year.[30]

Seventy-five percent of Huntsman students work 10 or more hours a week while attending school. Many students own their own business and generate income from their businesses while in school. Nine percent of graduating Huntsman students report owning their own business currently or previously.[30] Many Huntsman students participate in the Utah State University Honors Program to supplement their educational experience.

A club that is called The Society for the Advancement of Ethical Leadership (SAEL) often draws dozen of students to its meeting. There, the students discuss some of the philosophical and ethical issues raised in books they are asked to read before attending the meeting. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Huntsman School's Ethics Leadership Day and in the Partners In Business' Ethical Leadership Seminar.

A recent poll found that 60 percent of Huntsman students speak a second language. Students at the school speak 47 languages, and 46 percent of students have lived in a foreign country for at least six months.[30]

Student Clubs and Organizations

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council
  • Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
  • Lean Leaders
  • Master of Business Administration Association (MBAA)
  • Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)
  • Society for Human Resources and Management (SHRM)
  • Society for International Business and Economic Development (SIBED)
  • Society for the Advancement of Ethical Leadership (SAEL]
  • Special Interest Group on Ecommerce Student Chapter (MIS ACM SIGECOM)


In 2006, Dr. Douglas D. Anderson became the dean of the College of Business at Utah State University. A year later, he was instrumental in securing a $25 million gift from Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. for the college, which was then renamed the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Dr. Anderson is a Utah State University and Harvard University graduate.

In 2010, Utah State University and the Huntsman School of Business announced that Stephen R. Covey would join its faculty as the school's first Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair.[31] Covey is the author of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and numerous other books. School officials say it has long been the aim of the Huntsman School of Business to teach basic principles such as ethical leadership and integrity.

In 2011, the Huntsman School of Business appointed Michael Glauser as the Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Programs and a Management professor. Dr. Glauser has published numerous articles in magazines and professional journals, as well as wrote three books on entrepreneurship: Glorious Accidents, The Business of Heart, and Main Street Entrepreneur. He is well known for his cross-country bike trip to 100 cities, stopping at each to interview successful entrepreneurs.[32]



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