The department of business administration was established at Youngstown Institute of Technology in 1923. As the business program grew and Youngstown College became Youngstown State University, the School of Business was formed. To strengthen its ability to serve the education needs of regional businesses, the School of Business established the MBA Program in 1971. In 1981, the school was named the Warren P. Williamson, Jr. School of Business Administration in honor of the school’s benefactor. When the Division of Academic Affairs was reorganized in 1993, all schools became colleges. The Williamson family continues to be generous to the university and the college. In 1992, the Williamsons made a very generous gift to form the Center for International Business. Now called the Williamson Center for International Business, the Center encourages the integration of international perspectives across the undergraduate and graduate curricula of the WCBA, assists faculty development, and provides outreach services to the business community.
In August 2010 a new home for the WCBA opened. The state-of-the-art WILLIAMSON HALL cuts an impressive swath into the skyline – it’s glass-and-brick contemporary design towering atop a hill overlooking downtown Youngstown.The $34 million home of the Williamson College of Business Administration designed by Strollo Architects in Youngstown in collaboration with Perkins & Will, encompasses a full city block and is the largest single capital expenditure in the university’s 102-year-old history. The 110,000-square-foot structure also extends the YSU campus further southward, more closely connecting the university and the business college to the downtown district and providing a space that serves as a resource for both the community and the university.In addition to upgraded 15 classrooms, 8 study lounges and office space, the building features a 200-seat auditorium, a four-room conference center, three computer labs, a financial services lab, professional sales and business communication lab, a student entrepreneurship lab/incubator and an industrial history gallery, as well as a sky-lit atrium and a café.
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