History of the Rotman School
Changing the face of business education since 1901
The Rotman School's history of transforming business education goes back to 1901, when a diploma program in Commerce was established at the University of Toronto. The School of Business became a faculty in 1972, and was renamed in honour of graduate and donor Joseph L. Rotman in 1995. Over the past 15 years, the School has quadrupled its endowment, and tripled its physical footprint, its faculty and its student body.
How We Got Here
The Rotman School has been training future business leaders since 1901, when the diploma program in Commerce was inaugurated at U of T's Faculty of Arts. These days the school is known for its ranking as Canada's top business school (Financial Times) and for its innovative curriculum based on Integrative Thinking and Business Design. Below in reverse order are some further milestones of our historic journey:
||On May 1, 2012, the Rotman School opened the doors to our new expanded facility, Rotman's South Wing and students began taking 2 week intensive electives courses in our state-of-the-art new classrooms. The formal opening of the Rotman South Wing was on September 5, 2012.
The undergraduate Commerce program at the University of Toronto’s St. George campus announces its new name – Rotman Commerce – thanks to a $2.5-million gift from Sandra and Joseph Rotman. Rotman Commerce will continue to be offered jointly by the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Rotman School. In addition to the new name, a new curriculum is being offered.
The Province of Ontario announces $50 million in funding to the School for construction of an expansion that will house the new Martin Prosperity Institute and provide space for a 50 per cent increase in the size of the School’s graduate programs. The addition space will also house the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking, other research programs and centres of excellence, classrooms, study space and event facilities. An additional $10 million in funding from the federal government is also allocated for the expansion project.
Noted urban theorist Richard Florida joins the School as inaugural academic director of the Martin Prosperity Institute.
The School introduces an exciting new graduate degree for finance professionals: the 20-month, five-term Master of Finance program.
Marcel Desautels, founder, president and CEO of the Canadian Credit Management Foundation, once again supports the ongoing initiatives of the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking with a gift of $10-million, bringing his total gifts to the Rotman School to a remarkable $31 million. His earlier donations founded the Desautels Centre and supported student scholarships.
The School receives a gift of $18 million from Sandra and Joseph Rotman. $10 million will go towards the Martin Prosperity Institute. The remaining $8 million will support various projects including the undergraduate Commerce program; the School’s award-winning magazine; the construction of an expansion of the School; and ongoing academic research activities.
||The Rotman School receives a significant boost to Integrative Thinking and its mission to revolutionize business education with a $10-million gift from the Canadian Credit Management Foundation (CCMF) and its founder Marcel Desautels.
Rotman School completes a $4-million expansion with an addition to the 4th and 5th floors, providing space for faculty offices, meeting rooms, research offices, administrative support, and the Marcel Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking.
A $10-million gift from Michael Lee-Chin establishes the AIC Institute for Corporate Citizenship at Rotman and pushes the U of T’s collective campaign over its $1-billion milestone.
||$10-Million Gift Creates Marcel Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking
The Rotman School develops a new model of business education for the 21st century.
||Former management consultant Roger L. Martin is appointed Dean. A new vision and graphic identity are launched.
||The Faculty of Management receives a $15 million donation from Sandra and Joseph Rotman to support its vision and goals. The gift is matched by U of T, creating a $30 million endowment fund. The School is renamed the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management in their honour.
||The Joseph L. Rotman Centre for Management opens, establishing a new home for the Faculty of Management.
||The Faculty of Management is officially established after the launching of a doctoral program in 1969.
||The Institute of Business Administration is founded, a predecessor of the School.
||A Master of Commerce degree is introduced.
||The University of Toronto begins offering undergraduate courses in management.