Gary M. Owen College of Business


Building Name
Gary M. Owen College of Business
Beginning in 1911, the Board authorized a Business Education Degree at the Michigan State Normal School. By 1929 the school offered a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. The College of Business (COB) moved to its current location in 1991. Today, the COB serves approximately 3,400 students. The COB offers thirteen majors and minors and five graduate degrees, and thirteen graduate certificate programs. The COB was initially located south of the main campus closer to downtown Ypsilanti, but returned to the main campus in 2019. At one point, students were able to take a shuttle from the main campus to the COB one way in under five minutes.
Namesake Biography
Gary M. Owen (b. 1944) was born in Lawrence County, Alabama on September 9, 1944. A Democrat, Owen served as a member of the Michigan state house of representatives 22nd District from 1973-88. Additionally, Owen served as speaker of the Michigan State House of Representatives from 1983-88.
Building Namesake
Gary M. Owen, Michigan Speaker of the House (D)
Year Constructed
Date Dedicated
22 March 1991
Building Functions
College of Business
Dow, Howell and Gillmore Associates, Midland, MI
Kajima International / Palermo Construction (Joint Venture Partners)
Original Cost
Architectural Style
Michigan Modern
Square Footage
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