Fifty years ago this month, UNC Charlotte’s Board of Trustees, responding to explosive growth and educational trends, established what would become the Belk College of Business.
The college, led by founding Dean Allan Palmer, had just eight full-time faculty members and had just launched its first graduate program. Today, the Belk College is one of the largest, most diverse business schools in the Carolinas, with nearly 100 full-time faculty, 4,700 graduate and undergraduate students, and an alumni network of more than 33,000.
“The Belk College's growth and tremendous success did not come by chance," said Belk College Dean Jennifer Troyer. “We are indebted to those visionary college and community leaders, our dedicated faculty and staff, and our students and alumni. That vision and dedication transformed the Belk College, from its humble beginnings, into a leading urban research business school."
With social distancing, the college is celebrating its anniversary with virtual events and programming. The celebration, themed “Green and Gold Drive Business,” moved into high gear this month, with events including:
- The sixth annual Belk College Alumni Awards.
- The CEO Speaker Series with alumnus Scott Case ’00 MBA, chief information officer for Truist Financial Corp
- The Dean’s Leadership Series, a new monthly virtual series, with a focus in November on family business and COVID-19. The panel features three Belk College alumni.
The golden anniversary is an opportunity to look back but also to reintroduce the college to the region, Troyer says.
The 50th anniversary celebration will continue through April. Learn more about events and how to share your memories.