Sorrell College celebrates 50 years with Golden Anniversary week

The Sorrell College of Business celebrates its Golden Anniversary March 21 - 24 with a week-long series of events.

The Sorrell College of Business celebrates its Golden Anniversary March 21 - 24 with a week-long series of events.

Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a series of panels and a celebration disco party on Thursday night.

Highlighting the week will be the Former Deans’ Panel from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 in the Lewis Hall Atrium, and the M. Stanton Evans Journalism Symposium from 9:30 a.m. until Noon on Thursday, March 24.

“We look forward to hosting the various panels and speakers in celebration of this historic milestone for the Sorrell College. The Sorrell College at 50 continues to do the work it set out to do all those years ago, which is to simply provide great teaching and student support in order to prepare job-ready students for career success and happy lives,” said Sorrell Dean Dr. Judson Edwards.

Sorrell College of Business Dean Dr. Judson Edwards
Sorrell College of Business Dean Dr. Judson Edwards

The weeklong Golden Anniversary celebrations kicks off Monday, March 21 with a panel of alumni from the 1970s to the 2000s. The panel is from 1 p.m.  until 2:15 p.m. in the Lewis Hall Atrium.

Tuesday’s two-event lineup features retired faculty legends from the ’60s, ’70s, and early ’80s. Moderated by Mr. Stan Blankenship, retirees Dr. Steve Garrott, Dr. Ed Merkel and Professor Robert Earl Stewart, and others, will talk about their experiences and memories from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. in the Lewis Hall Atrium. 

Following at 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Sorrell alumnus Jon Eiland, Senior Vice President of Credit Strategy and Portfolio Analytics at PNC Bank in Birmingham will speak in Lewis Hall Room 129. Eiland, a 2009 Finance and Spanish graduate, earned an MBA from Auburn’s Harbert College of Business before beginning his career at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. From the FDIC, Eiland joined BBVA and after almost nine years joined the PNC Bank in October 2021.

From 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, every living dean of the Sorrell College of Business will participate in a panel in the Lewis Hall Atrium, sharing their experiences at the helm of the business. Joining Dean Edwards on the panel are former deans Dr. Cliff Eubanks, Dr. Wayne Curtis, Dr. Larry Lovik, and Dr. Earl Ingram. The panel is moderated by Dr. George Crowley, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

The panels will be live streamed here

In cooperation with the Hall School of Journalism on Thursday is the M. Stanton Evans Symposium on Journalism, Money, and Politics. This year’s keynote speaker is Steven Hayward, author of the new Stan Evans biography “M. Stanton Evans: Conservative Wit, Apostle of Freedom.” Hayward is a resident scholar at the University of California-Berkeley’s Institute of Government Studies and a visiting lecturer at Berkeley Law. He was previously the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy.

In addition, a panel discussion featuring author and Investors Business Daily writer John Merline and Andy Olivastro, Director of Coalition Relations at The Heritage Foundation.

The symposium will be streamed on Troy Live Broadcast.

The week concludes with a Disco Party in the Lewis Hall Atrium beginning at 6 p.m. Also a joint event with the Hall School, several prizes will be given for the best disco dancing and ’70s dress.

As a graduate of the Sorrell College at TROY, it is an honor and rare professional opportunity to serve as Dean. It will be a special week for all students, faculty and staff, and hope we have great attendance for these sessions and the Disco Party,” Edwards said.

What is now the Sorrell College of Business began with the offering of business education courses in the early 1930’s. As additional courses were added through the years, it eventually led to the offering of a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 1961 and the creation of a Department of Business. 

The Sorrell College of Business (SCOB), as structured today, was founded in 1971 with Dr. Cliff Eubanks serving as the founding Dean—which at that time was called the College of Business and Commerce. In 1981, the college was named in honor of businessman Jeff Sorrell and his wife Anise. 

Graduate degrees were added to the inventory in the early 1970’s, beginning with the MBA in 1972 and specialized master’s degrees following in 1975. The last graduate degrees added to the Sorrell College inventory were the Master of Accountancy (2013) and Master of Arts in Economics (2015). 

The Sorrell College earned AACSB Business Accreditation in November 2018 and Specialized Accounting Accreditation in January 2019. The School of Sport, Hospitality and Tourism Management moved into the Sorrell College in August 2020, which gave the Sorrell College its first doctoral degree, the Ph.D. in Sport Management.

Lewis Hall
Lewis Hall