Changing Faces: College of Business and Information Science
The College of Business and Information Science is in the final stage of raising funds to erect the new "Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science" building, named in honor of the present chairman of the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees, in recognition of his long service and contributions to the University.
The new building will cost approximately twelve million dollars and will be complete with classrooms, laboratories, conference rooms, and an auditorium named in honor of major contributors.
Administrators, faculty and staff of the College are excited at the prospect of transitioning from the old to the new in the near future. It is hoped that the new building will be the beginning of new and prosperous development of business and computer science professionals who will bring fame and recognition to Tuskegee University.
Dr. Alicia Jackson serves as dean of the College of Business and Information Science. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she received the Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois; master of business administration form the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and the doctor of philosophy from the University of Texas, Austin.
Dr. Jackson is a representative of every living soul in the College of Business and Information Science. She remarked, "We are excited to be moving to a new facility. As you probably know, our present facilities are old and becoming more deteriorated daily. The new facility will offer a new class, top of the line facility for extending our education process. We are extremely excited!"
Chambliss Business House, built in 1930, currently houses the College. The new building will serve approximately 500 students and will highlight historic al architecture, utilize space efficiently, and showcase cutting edge technology. Of the now simply named College of Business and Information Science, Dr. Jackson said, "Like with many institutions, the College itself will be named after an exceptional person, while the building in which it is housed will be named something different, and that will be the case with us also." We are now, for example, the Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science. This name was approved by the board of trustees in appreciation of Dr. Brimmer, member and chairman of the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees, in recognition of financial contributions, development and guidance he has given to the University; as well as for his personal achievements and accomplishments.
Dr. Jackson's goal for the College of Business and Information Science, whether in a new building or not, is to develop a program that will be recognized globally for the education of professionals in both business and computer science careers, and also have a niche for in-depth research and areas of expertise, such as information security for the Department of Computer Science, and sales and marketing for the Business Department. Dr. Jackson says she wants to create "brand name" recognition so when people ting of a particular area in business or computer science, they will think of the Brimmer College of Business and Information Science at Tuskegee, for both its faculty and students.
**This story was featured in the Tuskegee University ACM Student Chapter Newsletter, UNWIRED (February Issue)