WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The new home for the Wake Forest University School of Business, Farrell Hall, will be dedicated officially at a grand opening event with a day of activities on Friday, Nov. 1. The School of Business, which had its graduate and undergraduate programs located in two buildings on campus, is now united under one roof. The Farrell Hall ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. followed by an open house, and a keynote address featuring global business leaders.
Farrell Hall was made possible through our generous donors, led by an initial $10 million donation from Mike and Mary Farrell, the largest gift given by individuals to the School to date. After two years of construction, the $55 million Farrell Hall opened its doors to students in early July.
“Farrell Hall is where we develop passionate, ethical business leaders driven to achieve results with integrity,” said Dean of Business Steve Reinemund. “Our new home represents the shared vision of the founding investors, the Board of Visitors, the University, the Board of Trustees and the School’s alumni, faculty and staff.”
The exterior of the 130,000 square-foot building features the same Georgian style as the rest of campus, even down to the signature “Deacon Blend” bricks. But inside, it is a thoroughly modern facility, with high-tech features throughout the building – from classrooms, to offices, to meeting rooms, to study spaces and to the 8,500 square-foot Founders Living Room where students, faculty and staff gather, study and collaborate.
“The open concept of the Founders Living Room is designed to be a gathering space for students across campus, to provide opportunities for personal and intellectual discovery,” said Reinemund. “It is the heart of our School.”
The dedication and ribbon cutting will be held at the Farrell Hall entrance closest to Wait Chapel.
Schedule of events:
Friday, Nov. 1
6:30 – 7 a.m.
Dawn with the Dean
(Our weekly run with Dean Reinemund moves from Thursday to Friday)
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Dedication of Farrell Hall
(Outside Farrell Hall front entrance closest to Wait Chapel)
12 – 2 p.m.
Community and Campus-wide Open House
2 – 4 p.m.
Moderator, Al Hunt (’65, D. Litt. ’91), columnist for Bloomberg View and host of “Political Capital”;
“The Noble Profession of Business”
Charlie Ergen (MBA ’76), Co-Founder and Chairman DISH Network Corporation and EchoStar Corporation
David Farr (’77, P ‘07), Chairman & CEO, Emerson
Eric Wiseman (’77, MBA ’88, P’ 07), Chairman, President and CEO, VF Corporation
"The Legacy of Mike Farrell"
Mary Farrell (P'10)
Wellington Denahan, Chairman and CEO, Annaly
Farrell Hall also boasts environmentally responsible and resource-efficient features and is Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified Silver, on track for Gold, by the U.S. Green Building Council.
About Wake Forest University School of Business (business.wfu.edu)
The Wake Forest University School of Business offers undergraduate programs in finance, accounting, mathematical business, and business and enterprise management, and graduate programs including a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accountancy and Master of Arts in Management. Our programs are consistently ranked among the world’s best in surveys by U.S. News & World Report, Business Week, the Economist, Forbes, and the Financial Times. Wake Forest MBAs who sat for a Six Sigma green belt certification exam in 2011 and 2012 had a 100% pass rate. Wake Forest accountancy graduates earned the highest passing rate in the nation on the CPA exam last year and have maintained the top CPA exam pass rate for 10 of the past 14 years.