A look at the many moments in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business’s 90-year history that led to a game-changing philanthropic investment.

Turner F. Garner

1920s
1922 The School of Business Administration is established, and Turner F. Garner is appointed the first dean.

1930s
1930 Northeastern gains state approval to grant a Bachelor of Science upon completion of a five-year curriculum in the School of Business Administration.

1960s
1963 The newly created graduate school introduces its first day program, the full-time MBA. 

“I am particularly impressed with the Social Enterprise Institute, which provides students with hands-on exposure to issues relating to social responsibility.”—Robert DiCenso, BA’62

1965 The Graduate School of Professional Accounting is established. 

1967 The Management Intern MBA Program is established, becoming the first structured graduate business co-op education program in the country.

“After a student invests time, energy, and money, it’s important they get a job and excel in their chosen field. That’s why I support co-op and the school of business.”—Douglas King, BA’69

1980s
1980s Executive MBA classes are held in Dedham, Mass., and Boston, including at the Lenox Hotel, which offers a central location for working professionals.

1981 The High Tech MBA Program is introduced, created by professor and future dean Philip R. McDonald—shown here with program director Patricia Degen-Lilley.

1986 The graduate school introduces its first international summer program, in partnership with Groupe Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Reims, a leading French business school. 

“I want students to have the same opportunities I did, and through philanthropy, they can attend this world-class university.”—Therese Melden, MBA’89

1990s
1990 The Gradate School of Business Administration is one of 57 business schools selected from among 700 nationally for inclusion in Top Business Schools: The Ultimate Guide.  

1993 (Left) With the enthusiastic support of alumni, friends, and business colleagues, the former Dodge Library is transformed into a cutting-edge instructional facility.

1994 The college introduces the Bachelor of Science in International Business, the first program of its kind in the country.  

1997 Undergraduates win top honors in the first annual Academic Beanpot, a business-case competition among Boston business schools. 

The college develops the Entrepreneurial Lab and announces a $60,000 business-plan competition to recognize innovation
and entrepreneurship.

“I want to invest in the next generation of business leaders.”—Benjamin Matheson, BA’97

2000s
2003 The Master of Science in Finance program is introduced, designed for MBA students planning on careers in finance.

2004 Forbes ranks Northeastern fourth among “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Campuses.”

Thomas E. Moore

Thomas E. Moore, MBA’76, is appointed dean. He expands the school’s global programs and leads the development of online and hybrid graduate degrees.

2006 The Entrepreneurs Club at Northeastern, which provides resources for building real companies, is founded.

2007 The Center for Emerging Markets is established to conduct research on how firms can leverage high-growth emerging markets. 

The new Social Enterprise Institute uses enterprise-based solutions as a powerful tool in helping to alleviate the world’s socioeconomic problems.

The college offers its prestigious MBA degree program online.

2009 IDEA, a student-created and student-run program to cultivate entrepreneurship at Northeastern, gets direct business-school backing.

“Northeastern’s five-year commitment is unique, but it’s a lifetime commitment, and it has shaped me indefinitely.”—Lauren Haas, BA’09

2010s 
2011 The undergraduate entrepreneurship program is ranked among the top 10 nationally by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine.

“I give to help students achieve their academic goals.”—Samuel Ortega, BA’12

Alan McKim (left) and Richard D’Amore

2012
Alumni Richard D’Amore and Alan McKim make the largest gift in university history to endow the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.  

Hugh Courtney

Hugh Courtney, a globally recognized expert in business strategy and vice dean of the University of Maryland’s business school, is named dean.