Just who was W. P. Carey, anyway?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Nearly 100,000 people have been launched into the business world from Arizona State University.

It's an impressive number, and only after six decades of work.

The W. P. Carey School of Business is marking its 60th anniversary as a standalone college this year, having started out as the College of Business Administration in 1955 with 800 students and 11 faculty. This year, the school has more than 10,000 undergraduates, nearly 1,000 graduate students and more than 250 faculty members — including a Nobel laureate.

Amy Hillman, dean of the college, is proud of the school's past, but is also looking ahead.

"Out of humble beginnings, ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business has accomplished extraordinary things over its 60-year history," she said. "We are a story of pioneers, visionaries, innovation and leadership — a story of faculty, staff, students and administrators forging new areas of study for a world constantly changing through technology and increasing globalization.

"What is most striking about this story, though, is that it’s still being written. We are proud of where we came from and even more excited about where we are going."

Looking into the future is rather difficult, so let's examine portraits of history from one of ASU’s biggest colleges.