HISTORY - The College of Business Administration was formed in 1955 and became one of the first business schools in the California State University system to become accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 1959. In 1982 AACSB accredited SDSU’s School of Accountancy making it the first accredited accounting program in the state of California and one of the first in the U.S. to earn accreditation. The School of Accountancy became the first named school in SDSU history when it was named after Dr. Charles W. Lamden in 2008 following a $10 million gift from Gertrude Lamden to honor the legacy of her husband, who was the driving force in the founding of the College of Business and served as its first dean.
TODAY - We are now recognized as one of the leading business schools in the country with nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs in a number of areas. The ascent of the college has paralleled the growth of San Diego State University into one of the nation’s top public universities. SDSU is recognized as one of the best universities in the nation for our accounting, entrepreneurship, international business, and graduate business programs. In 2016, the college was named in honor of San Diego philanthropists Ron and Alexis Fowler, whose $25 million gift is the largest in the history of the university and is helping us achieve our goal of become one of the world’s premier business schools, dedicated to educating the next generation of business leaders. The Fowler College of Business has over 50,000 alumni who work for, as well as lead, many of the top companies in San Diego, as well as throughout California and the nation
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