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History of the Eberhardt School of Business (1977)

Business courses have been offered at Pacific for most of its history.

In 1971, Sid Turoff was brought in as Department Chair to reformulate and ready the business program in the College of the Pacific for separate school status.

In 1977, the School of Business and Public Administration was formed and moved into Weber Hall in 1982.

In 1984, shortly after the new School became eligible, it was fully accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.

A community-service aspect of the School was the establishment of a Center for Management Development in 1989, which was officially renamed in 1991 to honor Edward W. Westgate, a former member of the Board of Regents.

The MBA graduate program was added in 1993.

In 1995 the School established a Center for Entrepreneurship with more than $2.6 million in grants from the Fletcher Jones Foundation, General Mills Foundation, Coca-Cola Foundation, the Greenlaw Grupe family and a major anonymous donor.

In 1995, the School was named the Eberhardt School of Business in recognition of the support given to both the School and the University by the Eberhardt family and the Bank of Stockton.

In 1999, the School was reaccredited by the AACSB earning high commendation for its student-centered mission and culture and for the exceptionally high evaluations given ESB’s faculty by its students.