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phase three in the facilities plan for constructing and renovating Fuqua'sMBA complex.
The new 48,000 square foot student center will greatly improve student life at Fuqua
and accommodate growing space needs by offering a spacious indoor winter garden
area, outdoor terraces, changing rooms with lockers and showers, a student
communications center, additional office space, food kiosks and many different types
of lounges and dining areas. The building is nestled between the east and west wings
of the Thomas F. Keller Center.
Durham is a part of the Research Triangle, an area formed by Duke University, the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University at
Raleigh. The Research Triangle Park, a 5,400-acre campus for research laboratories,
governmental agencies, and research-oriented industries, is recognized as one of the
world’s leading science centers. Durham, located near the center of the state, has easy
access to the Great Smokies of the AppalachianMountains and to the scenic and historic
beaches of the Outer Banks. The area offers varied cultural and recreational activities
ranging from concerts, opera, dance, theater, and recitals to intramural and collegiate
sports, boating, skiing, camping, and other outdoor activities.
The Fuqua School of Business.
Recognizing the importance of business education,
Duke University’s Board of Trustees established the Graduate School of Business in
1969, with the mandate to provide management education programs of the highest
quality. The school began with two programs; an undergraduate major in management
science, which no longer exists, and a fledgling MBA program that graduated its first
class of twelve students in 1972. Since that time, the school has grown to include five
major academic programs, a faculty of 110, and more than 1,200 masters degree
candidates enrolled in daytime and executive MBA programs. The school also offers a
wide range of non-degree executive education programs and seminars.
J. B. Fuqua, chairman, The Fuqua Companies, Atlanta, Georgia, has supported the
School generously in its development. In honor of Mr. Fuqua’s contribution to the
School and personal participation in its growth, the school was renamed The Fuqua
School of Business in 1980 by proclamation of the Board of Trustees.