This year, the USM School of Business celebrates 100 years of business education in Portland, beginning in 1924 with the first graduating class of Portland University’s College of Business Administration. Portland University was one of the two institutions in Portland (along with Portland Junior College) that became the University of Maine, Portland-Gorham and then the University of Southern Maine.  


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Student business club in 1970s. University of Maine, Portland-Gorham, “The Log 1971” (1971).
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This year, we will commemorate these 100 years with two events: 

  • USM School of USM School of Business Centennial Showcase. Monday, October 16th, at noon, on zoom. Moderated by Professor Richard Bilodeau and Dean Joanne Williams, this 75-minute program will feature deans, faculty, alumni, and students from past and present, highlighting the School’s high impact and innovative teaching, research, internships, and community engagement. 

Click here to view the recording of the centennial showcase!

  • USM School of Business Centennial Celebration. Friday, April 19, 2024, at 5:00, in Portland: Faculty, students, and alumni will be joined by University President Jacqueline Edmondson and Dean Joanne Williams at USM’s new McGoldrick Center for Career and Student Success to recognize and honor School of Business alumni and students. 



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Students returning from travel course to Iceland 2010

Interested in supporting our students and our work? Your gift to this year’s “100 for $100” campaign will support student-centered initiatives, scholarships to travel courses.  

Click here to be one of our 100 for $100! 

For more information, please reach out to Professor Richard Bilodeau or Dean Joanne Williams

Students in business classrooms in Payson Smith in 1950s. University of Maine Bulletin,
December 1961.