One century ago, Syracuse University
began a noble experiment. A professor of English had recognized a growing need for business professionals. And on the morning of September 16, 1919 – one hundred years ago today – the first business classes were held at Syracuse University. Our goal this morning is to celebrate and recognize strengths like these –
characteristics of the Whitman community – that have made it a leader in business
education and research over the last hundred years and will also form the
basis for our success in our second century.