Dean of the Bryan School of Business and Economics Records
Scope and Contents
This collection contains the official records that reflect the functions and activities of the Dean of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics from 1969 to 2016. These records contain materials related to faculty personnel matters, Graduate School affairs, various academic departments within the school as well as other general topics including academic affairs, school accreditation, affirmative action, board meetings, committees, internships, and scholarships. Also included in this collection are annual reports written by the Dean, newsletters published by the School, and self study reports created during the School's accreditation process. The files primarily include correspondence, memorandums, annual reports, newsletters, meeting minutes, emails, reports, brochures, VHS tapes, audiotapes, Compact and Digital Video Disk recordings, and an archive of the department's website.
- 1960 - 2021
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Collection is open for research.
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Biographical or Historical Information
The history of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business began in 1892 when the Commercial Department was established as one of the three original departments of The State Normal and Industrial school (now UNCG). In 1918, the Commercial Department was changed to the Department of Economics and Sociology, which then became the Department of Sociology and Economics in 1919. Sixteen years later, in 1935, the two subjects split and an independent Department of Economics was created. In 1940, the Department of Economics broadened its title to the Department of Business Education and Secretarial Administration. In 1963, a new Department of Economics and Business Administration was established, to compliment the existing business department.
In November 1969, upon the recommendation of UNCG Chancellor James S. Ferguson to UNC President William C. Friday, the University of North Carolina's Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The new school was formed by combining the Department of Economics and Business Administration and the Department of Business Education and Secretarial Administration. Following the School's founding in 1969, David H. Shelton, who was then head of the Department of Economics and Business Administration, was appointed Dean of the new school in 1970. He would serve as dean for the next 13 years until 1983 when he stepped down to return to full time teaching in the Department of Economics.
Following David Shelton's departure, Robert S. Cline was appointed acting Dean in his place. In 1984, Philip Friedman, chairman of the Department of Finance and Economics at Boston University, was appointed to Dean of the School of Business and Economics. In 1987, the UNCG Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the School of Business to honor financial donor and local humanitarian , Joseph M. Bryan. In a formal ceremony in November 1987, the school became the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics.
In 1990, Philip Friedman resigned to become Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Bentley College. James K. Weeks, associate Dean since 1982, was named acting Dean of the School. A year later in 1991, he would officially be named the Dean of the Business school and still currently resides in that post until his retirement in 2011.
27.92 Linear Feet (70 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics was established in 1969. Since its founding there have been four Deans: David Shelton (1970-1983), Robert Cline (1983-1984), Philip Friendman (1984-1990) and James Weeks (1991-2011).
This collection contains correspondence, annual reports, newsletters, memorandums, meeting minutes, emails, reports, brochures, VHS tapes, audiotapes, Compact and Digital Video Disk recordings, and an archive of the department's website which document the activities of the Office of the Dean and the history of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics from 1960-2016.
The arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a useable original order. This collection is arranged into seven series. Folders in series 1 through 4 are arranged alphabetically while folders in series 5-7 are organized chronologically. Within each folder, documents are arranged in chronological order. Series 1: General Files, 1960-2015 Series 2: Faculty Affairs, 1970-2002 Series 3: Graduate Studies and Affairs, 1977-2001 Series 4: Department Files, 1974-1999 Series 5: Annual Reports, 1970-2004 Series 6: Bryan School Newsletters, 1974-2008 Series 7: Self-Study Reports, 1979-1999
Method of Acquisition
Transferred annually from the Office of the Dean, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics.
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Sean A. Mulligan, August, 2009
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