2021 marked the McIntire School of Commerce’s Centennial—a time for celebration! In recognition of this important milestone, we honored 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.

1923
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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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 embarks 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 Commerce School's Centennial Speaker Series is a 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.

Past Speakers

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January 24th 2023

Hong Paterson ’93, CFO and COO at Green Climate Fund, spoke at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week’s inaugural Green Hydrogen Summit on Jan. 18, joining leaders from policy, business, technology, and civil society to discuss the latest trends shaping the world’s hydrogen agenda.

January 24th 2023

Alice Tomdio (M.S. in Accounting ’09), CFO of leading pan-African cryptocurrency exchange Yellow Card Financial, discusses her optimistic outlook for crypto on the African continent in 2023 in a Jan. 11 Bizcommunity article titled “#BizTrends2023: The Future of Crypto in Africa.”

January 24th 2023

Jomaree Pinkard ’01 has transitioned from a decadelong role serving as Hella Cocktail Co.’s CEO to CEO and Managing Director at Pronghorn, after Pronghorn’s recent capital investment in Hella. Pronghorn, an independent company dedicated to expanding diversity within the spirits industry by cultivating and investing in the next generation of Black founders, executives, and entrepreneurs, will provide access to its supercharging services, designed to help continue scaling Hella’s business. Before joining Pronghorn, Pinkard spent 10 years creating and developing diversely owned craft beverage company Hella Cocktail Co. During that time, he helped usher the company through several strategic brand iterations and groundbreaking product innovations. His finance acumen enabled the brand to build capacity and capabilities at a premium level, starting with zero dollars and no account distribution. During his tenure as CEO, Hella Cocktail Co. grew from a mason jar to a national multimillion dollar venture built on a foundation of inclusivity and inspired confidence.