Dreams do come true. On March 16, 2016, the newest building on the Utah State University campus opened its doors. The Jon M. Huntsman Hall, a 125,000 sq. ft, building, will allow the entire Huntsman School community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to gather in one space. The 21 state-of-the-art classrooms, alongside 21 student meeting rooms, commons areas, café, and outdoor spaces are designed for interaction, collaboration, and teamwork.
Dignitaries including Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Jon and Karen Huntsman, university officials, students, faculty, and alumni participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of Huntsman Hall. “This day is a significant step in our journey to create a world-class business education program,” stated Huntsman School Dean Douglas Anderson. “There is not a better building on any campus in the country. Our students will absolutely love studying here.”
Planning for the facility began over five years ago, with a groundbreaking in the Fall of 2013. Contributions from alumni and friends contributed almost 70 percent of the total project cost of $50 million. Alongside classrooms and student space, the building will also house the Jeffrey Clark Center for Entrepreneurship.
Enrollment in the Huntsman School has increased 33 percent since 2007, and new classrooms and study rooms will allow students and faculty to hold classes and meetings in one building rather than be spread across campus.