Why has the McIntire School moved from Monroe Hall?
Very simply, in addition to increasing pressure to compete with our peer institutions for top students and faculty, more space
was needed to deliver our world-class business programs. To offer the best in business education, schools require state-of-the-art classrooms and labs and high levels of technology, including an environment that simulates the business world.
Monroe Hall did not allow for further expansion of our programs and therefore inhibited
our ability to offer more programs to a wider group of students.
Rouss & Robertson Halls provide an environment to allow McIntire to continue to compete at the very top of the business school rankings.
Why the Lawn?
McIntire’s home in Monroe Hall offered the School the second-best location on Grounds. The only better location? The Lawn. The move
has given McIntire a home on the most important piece of real estate in American higher education and places the School in proximity to the College. That’s especially important because, as the Commerce School is integrated into the Academical Village, the new complex will facilitate McIntire’s exciting collaboration with the University’s College of Arts & Sciences. This collaboration includes a number of existing and planned ventures, including the creation of interdisciplinary courses and programs. The plan will allow the College and the Commerce School to strengthen the academic and programmatic links between them and to better serve their undergraduate and graduate students. (Rouss Hall was the home of the McIntire School from 1955 to 1975. The School moved to Monroe Hall in 1975 and completed a major addition in 1987. Returning to Rouss Hall makes the naming of the capital campaign as “Back to the Lawn” particularly appropriate within this historical context.)
What will happen to Monroe Hall now that the McIntire School
Monroe Hall will be returned to the College of Arts & Sciences for its departments. Final assignment of space in Monroe has not yet been determined.
How can I become involved in this historic endeavor?
The new academic complex is being built substantially through private sources, and fundraising continues, with significant naming opportunities for new donors and friends of the School still available. Visit the Web site and become a sponsor, and tell your parents and friends about the project and the School. Many different levels of support are needed for this project – from small pieces of structure to entire classrooms. Contact
Assistant Dean for Development Katie Whittier at 434-924-3394 or
firstname.lastname@example.org; she will work with you regardless of the size of your gift or level of support.