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Originally the Department of Commerce, the Business curriculum
was expanded for teachers of commercial subjects and for those interested in
business careers. Emil John Hilkert served as dean for 6 months, although
Glenn D. Overman was responsible for the establishment of most Business College
programs and is generally recognized as the "Founding Dean."
William Polk Carey's $50 million gift to the School of Business from the W. P. Carey Foundation
is the largest single gift in the history of ASU. Carey is chairman of W. P. Carey & Co. LLC (NYSE: WPC),
a New York City-based investment firm. He is also the grandson of John Samuel Armstrong, who, 118 years ago
on Feb. 26 filed the legislation that created the school that became ASU.
Emil John Hilkert
First Founding Dean of Business Administration (1955)
UP UPC ASUP Hilkert, E. J.