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In late December 1985, Fred Young, President of Elon College, and Charles Love, representing the Martha and Spencer Love Foundation, signed a Deed of Gift endowing the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business. This event was important for two reasons: first, it established a business school at Elon College, and second, the endowment gift was the largest ever received by the College.

Over the past 25 years, the faculty and staff of the Love School have grown in size and reputation. Today, the school is highly regarded and has already gained a national reputation with its top 10 part-time MBA program. As Elon’s star has soared, so too has that of the School of Business.

Under the very capable leadership of its former deans - Dr. Thomas Tiemann, Dr. Robert Guffey, Mr. Richard Behrman, Dr. John Burbridge, and Dr. Mary Gowan, the School has set many milestones and achieved them in record time.

We want to highlight some of these accomplishments in this special section. We invite you to browse this site and discover what sets the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business apart from other business schools.

Scott Buechler
Interim Dean, Martha and Spencer Love School of Business

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Click on the image above to watch a video and learn more about the history of the Love School of Business. Click here to see a slideshow of images from its history.

About the Loves

Martha and Spencer Love

After consulting with readers and scholars, Business North Carolina published a list of the 20 most-influential business figures in the history of North Carolina. The individuals selected were tagged the titans of 20th-century Tar Heel business. James Spencer Love was ranked first on the list. Read more...