The School of Business Administration is established at the University of Washington, in response to the urging of Seattle’s emerging business community. It is the second business school in the western United States. Seven faculty and 12 students, enrolled in both Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programs, commence study in the newly constructed Commerce Hall (now Savery) on the Liberal Arts Quad.
Carlton H. Parker (1917-18) is appointed dean of the new School of Business Administration by UW President Henry Suzzallo. A rising star in labor economics, Parker lays a solid foundation for the future with his vision of educational experience more engaging than the traditional textbook-lecture format. Tragically, he dies of complications from pneumonia just a year after taking the job.