We are not business as usual at Gies

At Gies College of Business, we are more than business. We are business on purpose. That means every initiative we undertake, every decision we make is intentional. It means we are committed to leading the world in innovation and life-changing access to business education.

Innovation is the lifeblood of our College. It is a purposeful endeavor and is integral to how we deliver business education. At Gies Business, we provide an environment and programs where big ideas can become reality, where collaborative thinking among students and faculty solves today’s business problems, and where students inspire one another to dream big and make a difference in business and in society.

At Gies Business, access is the cornerstone of our land-grant mission. Our commitment to excellence is enhanced when we are able to open our doors to talented students, regardless of their financial resources.

We set trends, break molds, and push beyond boundaries. We’re purposeful, resolute, and unwavering in how we do it. We’re big thinkers and big doers. And that makes a big difference.


Jeffrey R. Brown

Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor of Business and Dean

Gies Annual Report

The Gies Mission & Vision

Our vision is bold: to lead the world in innovation and life-changing access to business education. It’s a vision that guides every decision we make at Gies College of Business, and students are at the very heart of those decisions.

We execute on that vision with a clear commitment to our mission: We prepare and empower innovative, purposeful and ethical future business leaders through knowledge creation and immersive learning experiences.

That mission is carried out through focused efforts in four strategic areas:

1. Undergraduate experience: We are committed to providing an unrivaled, transformational learning experience for a diverse population of high-achieving business students.

2. Faculty excellence: Gies Business is driven to achieve the highest standard in faculty excellence. We do that by recruiting, hiring, and retaining top faculty.

3. Graduate programs: We are creating and sustaining a family of strategic, distinctive graduate business programs that enhance our brand, reputation, and scholarly impact.

4. Democratizing education: We believe in revolutionizing the delivery of a high-quality business education by harnessing technology to break through financial and geographic barriers.

All of these pieces represent the essence of who we are. It is our promise to our students, faculty, alumni, and friends. It tells the world our purpose and guides our direction to the experiences we deliver.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Gies Business is committed to being a model for a diverse, equitable and inclusive community, being actively anti-racist, helping the next generation of business leaders do the same, and engaging the public and our corporate partners in these efforts. This commitment must be reflected among our students, within all aspects of our student and faculty recruiting efforts, and in our overall culture of discourse and community. Our Gies community stands united in recognizing the importance of these issues, and through the lens of our Business on Purpose mindset, each of us will be intentional about our work in this important area. While we acknowledge that we don’t have all the answers, we’re on this journey together. We can – and must – do better.

Significant positive change requires careful planning, leadership, resources, and coordination. We have charged a steering committee and four associated working groups to make tangible recommendations about how our College can become a better leader in diversity, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion. After consulting widely with appropriate stakeholders, the steering committee will identify priorities and incorporate those into Gies’ strategic plans; direct investments to put initiatives on a path to success; ensure we are accountable and measure our progress; and transparently communicate the plans to our broader community.

Dean Brown with students

Meet Dean Jeffrey Brown

Gies Business is a place to launch a fulfilling career and a place to spark the ideas that transform industries across the globe.


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