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Overview & History

Tech Savvy. Business Smart.

The world is experiencing rapid transformation in the face of new technologies and global challenges. A new type of leader is required for this world — one who is values-driven, analytically skilled, and entrepreneurial-minded.

The Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business is uniquely qualified to cultivate leaders who know how to solve problems, leverage opportunities, and drive positive change in an increasingly unpredictable, tech-driven world. Scheller offers Undergraduate, MBA (Full-time, Evening and Executive MBA), doctoral, and Executive Education (open enrollment and custom) programs. We are also the home to 10 centers and initiatives dedicated to cultivating the growth of our students..

The History of the Scheller College of Business

Scheller has a distinguished history as part of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Tech), rated one of the top 10 world-renowned public research universities for almost 100 years.

The Scheller College of Business, as it is known today, was established more than a century ago in 1912 as the School of Commerce. While Tech was known as an engineering school, in 1934, the Institute saw a need for a management degree in technology. The Industrial Management (IM) degree (now known as a B.S. in Business Administration) replaced the B.S. in Commerce. Eleven years later, Scheller offered its first master’s degree, which became the first professional management degree offered in the state. The Ph.D. program followed in 1970.

The College went through several name changes in its first 40 years but remained the College of Management until 2012.

On November 6, 2009, the College of Management received an anonymous gift of $25 million. The donor was later identified as Ernest Scheller, Jr., a Georgia Tech alumnus with a degree in industrial management and former chairman of Silberline Manufacturing, a Philadelphia-based paint pigment manufacturer. Scheller used $20 million of his donation as a one-to-one challenge grant to inspire charitable gifts and commitments from other donors.

In June 2012, the College announced a second gift of an additional $25 million from Mr. Scheller, Jr. This combined $50 million gift became the largest cash gift in Georgia Tech's history.

The College of Management was renamed the Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business and his donations have been used to double the College's endowment, enrich academic programs, grow the faculty, and build the College’s impact on future generations.

Dean’s Message and Report
Strategic Plan

Each year, Dean Maryam Alavi publishes an annual report providing an overview of the progress made towards Scheller College's strategic goals.

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The Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business is guided by its five-year strategic plan

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Ernest Scheller Jr.
Advisory Board

Learn more about Ernest Scheller Jr., the Scheller College of Business' namesake and benefactor.

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The Advisory Board supports the mission, goals, and initiatives of the Scheller College of Business.

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