2021 marks the McIntire School of Commerce’s Centennial—a time for celebration! In recognition of this important milestone, we honor the members of our global learning community from a memorable 100-year history. Faculty, alumni, students, corporate partners, and friends have all played an integral role in shaping our innovative business education and preparing students to become visionary leaders for generations. Join us in honoring the invaluable contributions of those responsible for our past successes, current innovations, and enthusiastic future plans dedicated to the exchange of ideas that ensures we continue to use commerce for the common good.

Early on, business classes were scattered across Grounds, but in 1923, space at Old Cabell Hall was requested due to the need for permanent facilities for "computing and tabulating machines," like the ones pictured below from the Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue. To say our "computing and tabulating machines" have evolved may be the understatement of the century! Space at Old Cabell was also used for periodicals and a reading room; however, faculty offices remained scattered in several locations, making the development of School spirit and identity more difficult.
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Reflections on 100 Years of McIntire

Past Deans, alumni, faculty, and students reflect on what makes McIntire special and the deep connections they forged that will last a lifetime.

A Growing Footprint on Grounds
A Growing Footprint on Grounds
Since 1921, the McIntire School of Commerce has educated and inspired generations of students to become visionary leaders who shape global business with integrity, purpose, and a fundamental understanding of how commerce can contribute to the common good. As McIntire prepares to embark on its next century, the Commerce School has undertaken visionary plans for a new academic complex designed to foster student success and strengthen community connections.
Centennial Merchandise
Centennial Merchandise
Show your commitment to Comm: Thanks to the McIntire Young Alumni Council (MYAC), special Centennial items and McIntire merchandise are now available at the bookstore! Your purchases directly support the School, as a portion of all profits from bookstore sales will help fund the important efforts of MYAC and Commerce Council.
Inspiring the Next Century
Inspiring the Next Century
We achieve business education excellence through the constant evolution of programs, a renowned innovative spirit, and an inclusive and global mindset. When we invest in our people, programs, and facilities, we invest in our future. Make a donation to Inspire the Next Century today.
Centennial Speaker Series

The McIntire School proudly presents the Centennial Speaker Series, thought-provoking keynotes and conversations featuring visionaries in business—and beyond. Representing a wide range of industries across private and public sectors, the series offers relevant and insightful perspectives at the intersection of leadership and business. Speakers reflect the rich diversity of the McIntire learning community and the rapidly changing global business landscape.

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May 13th 2022

Nancy Twine ’07, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Briogeo, is pleased to announce that Wella Company, a global leader in the $100 billion beauty industry, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Briogeo, one of the fastest-growing hair care brands in the world and one of the largest independent Black-owned brands in the United States. Under Twine’s leadership, Briogeo has revolutionized clean and natural hair care, offering effective products and solutions for every hair type, hair texture, hair need, ethnicity, background, and person. Briogeo has grown quickly since its inception and is an award-winning company, having earned the Allure Best of Beauty Award every year since 2018. Twine is recognized as one of the foremost entrepreneurs of a beauty startup in the last decade and has been awarded Entrepreneur’s 100 Women of Impact in 2021, the Goldman Sachs Builders + Innovators Award in 2020, and the Cosmetic Executive Women Female Founder Award in 2019. Wella Company intends to support Briogeo and its strategy to excel at the forefront of sustainable beauty. Briogeo aligns with Wella Company’s deep commitment to building a company with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) embedded into its core. The addition of the Briogeo portfolio of prestige hair care complements Wella Company’s ambitions to deliver more diverse products for all hair types, while expanding clean and green products across its portfolio offerings. “The strength of Wella Company’s Research & Development, digital marketing and global operations, and their ability to reach 91 million hair and nail professionals and followers they serve and support will take our Briogeo brand to the next level,” Twine said. “This is a significant strategic partnership for both sides, and one that is compatible in ambition, philosophy, and culture. In Wella Company we have a committed partner to help our business and our employees reach the next level of growth.  We’re excited to accelerate our expansion and innovation, globally delighting more people in more geographies and through broader delivery channels.”

May 4th 2022

Yi-Xian Ng ’09, Group CEO of EtonHouse, was featured in an April 24 Straits Times article titled “Lunch with Sumiko: It’s a Family Affair at EtonHouse Group of Schools as Son Helps Mum to Oversee Business.” The article introduces him and his mother, Ng Gim Choo, Founder of the EtonHouse group of 120 schools in 11 countries.

May 3rd 2022

Sami Siddiqui ’07, President, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at Restaurant Brands International, was featured in the May 2022 cover story of QSR magazine in a leadership profile titled “One for the Record Books.”