USU will break ground on $42 million business school addition

Aug 22 2013 - 5:55pm

LOGAN -- Utah State University will break ground Monday on the new $42 million state-of-the-art Huntsman Hall at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

A ceremony is planned for 11:30 a.m. in front (north) of the George S. Eccles Business Building located east of the Quad. Parking is available in the USU Parking Terrace on 700 North, next to Taggart Student Center.

The 117,000-square-foot addition received two-thirds of its funding from private donors and one-third from the state.

The addition is to be built over the next two years. Jon Huntsman provided the lead gift for the new building. In his honor the university will name the new building Huntsman Hall. 

The new Huntsman Hall will feature 21 classrooms and 21 meeting rooms. The building will include several centers of excellence focused on entrepreneurship, leadership and international business.

Dean Douglas D. Anderson said, "We are at an exciting 'point of inflection.' Building on the legacy of those who have gone before, we are laying the foundation of a truly great business school."

More than bricks and mortar, he said, the real foundation of the school's advancement is the students and their accomplishments.

"Our students, for example, are winning jobs at top companies," he said. "The School of Accountancy was ranked among the top 50 accounting schools nationwide by Public Accounting Report, and two of our accounting graduates were named Sells Award winners since they were in the top .04 percent of the 92,000 graduates who took CPA exam in 2012." 

"This new building will aid us in ensuring our students a high-quality business education," Dean Anderson continued, "an education that will allow them to compete with students anywhere in the world.  The new Huntsman Hall will serve our hard-working, ambitious students for generations to come."

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