The Daniels College of Business: 100-Plus Years of Developing Leaders

The University of Denver opened its School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance in 1908. Renamed in honor of famed Denver entrepreneur Bill Daniels in 1994, the Daniels College of Business is among the 10 oldest college-level business schools in the United States and has been named one of the finest business schools in the world by a number of publications. The school continues to offer undergraduate and MBA degrees, as well as special executive programs. Its more than 30,000 graduates hold leadership positions in a variety of corporations and organizations worldwide.

The Daniels College of Business has enjoyed accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International since the 1920s. By the mid-1960s, it had relocated to its permanent home at the University of Denver campus, after conducting courses in a series of downtown venues. After Bill Daniels, revered as the founder of the cable television industry, urged an upgrade of the curriculum, Daniels College incorporated strong elements of leadership training and ethics studies into its programs.

Bill Daniels believed passionately in the responsibility of business leaders to give back to their communities. He contributed $11 million toward the construction of a new building for the business college, which opened in 1999. After his death in 2000, the philanthropic fund he established, now the largest in Colorado, began its dedicated efforts to serve disadvantaged students, older adults, and individuals and families struggling with homelessness. The Daniels Fund continues to provide support to the college through its endowment of a chair position focused on ethics in business.