Significant events in School history

The Bill Munday School of Business has worked diligently throughout its history to connect with the Austin community and with our students to assure we meet their needs. We do this by providing a challenging curriculum taught by faculty with real-world experience who help students understand and prepare to respond to developments in the evolving global economy.

1922
St. Edward’s University offers a two-year “Short Program in Commerce or Business Administration.”

1924
St. Edward’s inaugurates a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

1925
St. Edward’s receives its university charter.

1970
Model Q replaces the four divisions of business administration, social sciences, humanities, and physical and biological sciences with the Centers for Business Administration, Arts and Sciences, and Teaching and Learning.

1970
Dr. Edgar Roy, president of St. Edward’s University, launches an MBA program to provide working members of the local community with an evening degree program.

  • The faculty design the curriculum based on meetings with an advisory committee of local businessmen about what is needed in the evolving world of business.
  • Many employers want such a program for their employees, including IBM, Texas Instruments, Motorola, 3M and city/state agencies, as well as officers at Bergstrom Air Force Base.
  • Dr. Leo Osterhaus, the new chair of the Business Center, creates a 30-hour core curriculum in collaboration with the faculty. All courses are offered at night with specialties such as public administration, business management and taxation.
  • The first class comprises 35 students.

1972
A total of 11 students are the first MBA graduates.

1979
Dr. Boyd Collier becomes chair of the Business Center and serves through 1982.

1987-1990
George Dawkins serves as chair of the Center for Business Administration.

1990
The Centers for Business Administration, Arts and Sciences, and Teaching and Learning become the Schools of Business, Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Education.

1990-1992
Hadi Oveisi serves as interim dean of the business school.

1992-1994
Frank Krafka serves as interim dean of the business school.

1994-1995
Lewis Myers serves as interim dean of the business school.

1995-1998
David Kendall serves as dean of the business school.

1998-2004
Marsha Kelliher serves as interim dean of the MBA program.

1998-2004
Frank Krafka serves as interim dean of the undergraduate business program.

2002
Dr. Frank Krafka becomes the dean of the School of Management and Business. He initiates the SEUganda Project to assist Holy Cross Sisters in rural Uganda with raising funds by selling handcrafted goods.

2002
Trustee Hall, a 33,000-square-foot academic facility, opens and becomes the home of the School of Management and Business. It contains 15 classrooms and a 24-hour computer lab, as well as administrative and faculty offices. The facility was featured in Architectural Digest for its award-winning design.

2002
Marsha Kelliher becomes dean of the graduate business program.

2005
First daytime MBA course of study in Digital Media Management is offered. 

2005-2013
Marsha Kelliher becomes dean of the School of Management and Business for the combined undergraduate and graduate business programs and serves through June 2013.

2007
The Business Plan Competition, an annual event, is implemented to provide students a forum for presenting their ideas for new businesses, products and services to university faculty, area business leaders and entrepreneurs.

2008
The Master of Accounting program is implemented as a 30-hour program that qualifies students to sit for the CPA exam in Texas. The MBA degree with a concentration in Accounting continues to be offered.

2008
The Global Business and Social Justice Institute is founded with a grant from the RGK Foundation.

2013-2014
Tom Sechrest serves as interim dean of the School of Management and Business.

Spring 2014
A South by Southwest® Conferences & Festivals (SXSW®) event is sponsored by the business school and held on the St. Edward’s University campus.

Spring 2014
The school takes a new name as The Bill Munday School of Business after Austin-area business leader Bill Munday.

July 2014
Nancy Schreiber becomes dean of the business school.

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