2021 marked the McIntire School of Commerce’s Centennial—a time for celebration! In recognition of this important milestone, we honored the members of our global learning community from a memorable 100-year history. Faculty, alumni, students, corporate partners, and friends have all played an integral role in shaping our innovative business education and preparing students to become visionary leaders for generations. Join us in honoring the invaluable contributions of those responsible for our past successes, current innovations, and enthusiastic future plans dedicated to the exchange of ideas that ensures we continue to use commerce for the common good.

Early on, business classes were scattered across Grounds, but in 1923, space at Old Cabell Hall was requested due to the need for permanent facilities for "computing and tabulating machines," like the ones pictured below from the Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue. To say our "computing and tabulating machines" have evolved may be the understatement of the century! Space at Old Cabell was also used for periodicals and a reading room; however, faculty offices remained scattered in several locations, making the development of School spirit and identity more difficult.
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A Growing Footprint on Grounds
A Growing Footprint on Grounds
Since 1921, the McIntire School of Commerce has educated and inspired generations of students to become visionary leaders who shape global business with integrity, purpose, and a fundamental understanding of how commerce can contribute to the common good. As McIntire embarks on its next century, the Commerce School has undertaken visionary plans for a new academic complex designed to foster student success and strengthen community connections.
Centennial Merchandise
Centennial Merchandise
Show your commitment to Comm: Thanks to the McIntire Young Alumni Council (MYAC), special Centennial items and McIntire merchandise are now available at the bookstore! Your purchases directly support the School, as a portion of all profits from bookstore sales will help fund the important efforts of MYAC and Commerce Council.
Inspiring the Next Century
Inspiring the Next Century
We achieve business education excellence through the constant evolution of programs, a renowned innovative spirit, and an inclusive and global mindset. When we invest in our people, programs, and facilities, we invest in our future. Make a donation to Inspire the Next Century today.

Centennial Speaker Series

The Commerce School's Centennial Speaker Series is a thought-provoking keynotes and conversations featuring visionaries in business—and beyond. Representing a wide range of industries across private and public sectors, the series offers relevant and insightful perspectives at the intersection of leadership and business. Speakers reflect the rich diversity of the McIntire learning community and the rapidly changing global business landscape.

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March 15th 2023

Edmund Whitson ’85, a leading financial services attorney, has joined the McGlinchey Stafford’s Creditors’ Rights, Financial Restructuring, and Bankruptcy group as a Member (Partner). Resident in Tampa, Ed focuses his practice on complex legal matters spanning the corporate life cycle, from transactions and commercial litigation to creditors’ rights disputes, workouts, and related matters.

February 13th 2023

Ronde Barber ’97 was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023. The Roanoke native who earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors in 1994 when he joined the UVA squad—and has since had his jersey number 19 retired by the Hoos—will now forever be enshrined at Canton, OH, as well for his accomplishments as a Defensive Back. A five-time Pro Bowler, three-time first-team All-Pro, and Super Bowl XXXVII champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Barber is the only player in NFL history with more than 40 interceptions and 25 sacks.

February 12th 2023

Frank S. Macgill ’91 has been named a 2023 Georgia Super Lawyer. Frank was recognized in the practice area of Estate Planning and Probate. Attorneys are selected based upon peer review, professional achievements, and independent research. Frank currently works at HunterMaclean, a business law firm with offices in Savannah and St. Simons Island, GA.

February 2nd 2023

Chris Nassetta ’84, CEO of Hilton, discusses the challenges of being career-driven, how to ask for help from unexpected sources, and the advice he gives his own six daughters in a Jan. 31 CNBC article titled “Don’t Make this Common Career Mistake in Your 20s, Says the CEO of Hilton.”