October 3 , 2005
campus debut for new Ph.D center
By eric Rangus
The location of the main stage—directly underneath
the bridge between the Goizueta Business School building and its
new addition—was as symbolic as it was convenient.
That bridge not only shaded the stage on a hot day
but it also connects the Goizueta
Business School’s past and present (the 1997 main building) with its future:
the brand-new, five-story Goizueta Foundation Center for Research and Doctoral
Education, which was dedicated Wednesday, Sept. 28.
The center will serve as the touchstone for the business
commitment to research. A big part of that is Goizueta’s 3-year-old Ph.D.
program, which will graduate its first class in the spring and now has a permanent
"This location is both a gateway to and a crossroads
within the campus,” said
President Jim Wagner, noting its proximity to the School of Law, Emory’s
health care centers and the Quadrangle, as well as its spot at the corner of
Clifton Road and Fishburne Drive, one of the prime entries to campus. “There
is a literal convergence of energy in this place.”
“It’s not the structure itself that’s most important,” said
student speaker Gerald Kane, a 1998 graduate of the Candler School of Theology
and one of the 11 initial members of Goizueta’s doctoral program. “It’s
the anticipation of what will go on inside these walls.”
The 83,000-square-foot center was completed in about
17 months for $33.4 million ($12 million of that came from a challenge
provided by the
It will house the business school’s doctoral program, Executive MBA
and Modular Executive MBA programs, research centers, faculty offices and
space (which includes a breathtaking fifth-floor balcony view of Atlanta).
The new center complements the existing building; the architect and builders
the same for both projects.
Some 40–50 donors were on hand for the opening
as well as faculty, staff, administrators and hundreds of business
students gathered in Patterson Green
(the lawn space, named for Goizueta alumnus Solon Patterson and his wife
Marianna, a graduate of Emory College). The green is located where
Fishburne Drive once
ran—the road was rerouted to make way for the foundation center—and
it provides not only a nice gathering spot but also a more aesthetic connection
to the center’s neighbor, the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
Business school deans past and present spoke during
the ceremony. Tom Robertson, who was dean when ground was broken
on the center
in March 2004 and now serves
as special assistant to the president for international strategy, gave a
history of the project as well as the thinking that went into the creation
When plans were drawn in 1998, Goizueta was one of
just two business schools in the top 25 nationally without a doctoral
Despite the high costs
involved (Robertson said each business Ph.D. costs $250,000 to educate),
the move had
to be made.
“It’s integral to the value system of a great university,” he
said. “As our Ph.D. students graduate, they will enhance our reputation,
and we can’t hire truly great faculty without a Ph.D. program.”
And the doctoral program is expanding rapidly. A cohort
of 11 students in three disciplines entered the program in fall 2003.
in five disciplines. “Our responsibility is to use this space for outstanding
scholarship,” Kane said.
New Goizueta Dean Larry Benveniste expressed excitement
about what the future holds. “We have everything we can imagine
going for us—great faculty,
great students and a great community,” he said. “It’s everything
we can dream of as we move forward.”
Board of Trustees Chair Ben Johnson called the center “truly
added that it is a “reflection of the Goizueta Business School’s
commitment to research.” Johnson served as master of ceremonies for
the event and joined members of the Goizueta family—Roberto Goizueta’s
widow Olga, and their children Olga and Javier—for the ribbon cutting
that wrapped things up.
“A world-class business program must do more than transfer knowledge,” Johnson
said. “It must be at the forefront of creating knowledge. The entire University
celebrates this new addition.”
In the humid breeze, the gonfalons representing each
of Emory’s schools
seemingly flapped their approval.