We spent the past year celebrating 100 years of people, programs and accomplishments of the University of Washington Foster School of Business. How well do you know the Foster School? Test yourself on these questions that span the 100-year history of business education at the University of Washington.
In what year did the UW School/College of Business Administration begin offering an MBA degree?
Who was the School’s first Nobel Prize winner?
George Stigler. William Sharpe received the 1990 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work developing the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) while on the UW School of Business Administration faculty in the 1960s. But he was preceded by the economist and Foster alumnus George Stigler (BA 1931), a leading figure in the “Chicago School” of economics, who received his field’s preeminent award in 1982 for his fundamental contributions to the economics of information and regulation.
Which member of the legendary “Boys in the Boat” was a Foster Grad?
Don Hume (stroke seat)
George “Shorty” Hunt (6 seat)
Joe Rantz (7 seat)
Bobby Moch (coxswain)
Which prominent Seattle-based musician is a Foster School graduate?
In what year did the School establish its first international student exchange program?
1920. Twelve Chinese students were enrolled in the College of Business Administration’s first international exchange. Several were Boxer Indemnity Scholars, their tuition and travel financed by the Chinese government as part of its war reparations to the United States for damage done during the Boxer Rebellion.
Which Seattle Mariners legend holds a certificate from the Foster School?
Michael G. Foster is a graduate of the University of Washington.
False. The school’s namesake attended the UW but left early to begin his career in finance, eventually joining the local brokerage firm of Foster & Marshall that was co-founded by his father, Albert O. Foster (BA 1928), who was a Foster grad. In 1984, Albert, Evelyn and Michael founded The Foster Foundation, which has given $50 million to the school.
How many winners of the PACCAR Award for Excellence in Teaching are still educating students at the Foster School?
All of them
12. The School’s highest teaching award has honored 16 faculty members since it was established by PACCAR Inc in 1998. Recipients include Karma Hadjimichalakis (1998), Steve Sefcik (1999), Elizabeth Stearns (2000), Jennifer Koski (2001, 2008, 2015), Ali Tarhouni (2002), Rocky Higgins (2003), Jane Kennedy (2004), Dan Turner (2005), Mark Forehand (2006), Mark Hillier (2007, 2013), Shelly Jain (2009), Thomas Gilbert (2010, 2017), Lance Young (2011), Erich Studer-Ellis (2012), Frank Hodge (2014), and Kathy Dewenter (2016). Of this best-of-the-best roster, the only ones no longer teaching at the Foster School are Karma Hadjimichalakis (passed away in 2011), Ali Tarhouni (left to lead a revolution in Libya), Rocky Higgins (emeritus professor) and Jane Kennedy (now a Distinguished Professor of Accounting at the University of San Diego).
Which chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the financial information honorary society, is the Foster School’s?
The School’s Aerospace Industry Management Seminar (AIMS), a joint venture with The Boeing Company, was established in what year?
The UW School of Business Administration began, somewhat humbly, with 12 students and 7 faculty members in 1917. What was enrollment in 1920?
When did the School first offer courses in entrepreneurship?
Mackenzie Hall is home to a work by which famous Northwest artist?
The College of Business Administration was first accredited by the American Association of College Schools of Business (AACSB) in what year?
Who was the keynote speaker of the first annual Business Leadership Celebration?
Alan Greenspan. Headlining the inaugural BLC, held in 1992 on the occasion of the school’s 75th anniversary, was Greenspan, the powerful chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. Over the years, the school’s marquee event has featured many of the preeminent names in American corporate leadership including Schultz of Starbucks (1998), Eyler of FAO Schwartz (1995), Grove of Intel (1997), Jeffry Immelt of GE (2003), Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase (2011) and Robert Iger of Disney (2014).
Learn more about the UW Foster School’s history by visiting the Centennial Timeline.