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Rawls College of Business

Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration
Established 1942
Type Public business school
Dean Lance Nail
Academic staff 109
Students 4,466[1]
Undergraduates 3,789[1]
Postgraduates 677[1]
Location Lubbock, Texas, USA
Campus Urban
Former names Division of Commerce (1942-1956)
College of Business Administration (1956-2000)
Affiliations Texas Tech University
Website Rawls College of Business Administration

The Rawls College of Business (formally Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration or simply Rawls Business, is the business school of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Rawls Business offers curriculum for both undergraduate and graduate students (including doctoral) and received its initial business accreditation in 1958 from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Established in 1942, Texas Tech's business school was originally known as the Division of Commerce. In 1956, the school was renamed the College of Business Administration. Following a $25 million gift from alumnus Jerry S. Rawls in 2000, the school was renamed as Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration.[2]

The college is organized into five areas of study: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems & Quantitative Sciences, Management, and Marketing.[3] The Rawls College also offers MD and MBA degree over four years and is ranked by Business Week as 19th among such programs.[4] The International Business program helps Rawls College students study abroad. In addition, the Executive Education Department develops seminars, conferences, and training programs for professionals and managers in business, government, and industry.


Business classes were first offered at Texas Tech in 1927,[5] only two years after the university began holding classes in 1925.

Established in 1942, Texas Tech's business school was originally known as the Division of Commerce. In 1956, the school was renamed the College of Business Administration. Following a $25 million gift from alumnus Jerry S. Rawls in 2000, the school was formally renamed the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration.[2]

The new Rawls Business building opened in 2012. The building was constructed on the site of the former Thompson/Gaston Hall. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building reused materials from the demolished structure.

In 2013, the Area of Accounting became the School of Accounting, the first separately accredited accounting school in the state.[6]

Academic profile



Rawls Business is organized by field into five departments (called "Areas") and one professional school:

  • Area of Energy, Economics, and Law
  • Area of Finance
  • Area of Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences (ISQS)
  • Area of Management
  • Area of Marketing
  • School of Accounting

Health Organization Management

The Health Organization Management (HOM) Program is part of the Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business.[7] The program teaches students about the business side of health care. It awards a degree in [8] The Texas Tech MBA(HOM) program is credentialed under the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) accreditation programs.


Business School Ranking
U.S. undergraduate business
Bloomberg Businessweek[9] 83
U.S. News & World Report[10] 101
U.S. News & World Report[11] 87

In 2014, Business Week ranked Rawls College of Business undergraduate program 83rd among United States business schools.[12] In the 2015 U.S. News and World Report Rankings of Best Colleges, the Rawls College undergraduate program was ranked 101st, and the MBA program was ranked 87th.



The new 140,000-square-foot (13,000 m2) building has replaced the old business administration building. It includes modern classrooms, breakout rooms, student lounges, study areas, food service, and a career management center. The building is a LEED-certified facility, incorporating the latest green technology into all offices and classrooms. The $70 million capital campaign for the project was co-chaired by Alan White, chairman and CEO of Plains Capital Corporation, and Jack Hightower, chairman and CEO of Celero Energy.

The new building is located on the north end of campus at the previous site of Thompson and Gaston Halls. The building was originally planned to be constructed south of the Merket Alumni Center, but was relocated after complaints from the Texas Tech Alumni Association.[13] Other sites considered included the southwest corner of University and Broadway, where Weeks Hall is located.[13] The building is constructed in Spanish Renaissance theme and creates a north campus gateway. The process of clearing the site began with a ceremony on September 20, 2008.[14][15] Ground-breaking for the new building took place in September 2009, and the building opened for class in the Spring of 2012.

Construction on the old Rawls College of Business Building broke ground in 1966 and opened in 1968. It has 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2), 176 offices, and 36 classrooms spread across 13 floors, including a basement. The 208-foot (63 m) building is the third-tallest in Lubbock, and the tallest on the Texas Tech campus.[16] Since the completion of the new building, it is undergoing remodeling and will be used by the school of mass communications when finished.

Student life

Notable organizations

Beta Gamma Sigma Key
  • Alpha Kappa Psi ΑΚΨ (Coed Professional Business Fraternity)
  • Beta Gamma Sigma ΒΓΣ (International Business Honor Society)
  • Delta Sigma Pi ΔΣΠ (Coed Business Fraternity)
  • Rawls Graduate Association
  • Energy Commerce Association
  • Tech Marketing Association
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals
  • Health Organization Management Student Association
  • Finance Association
  • Real Estate Organization

Notable people



  • John Orval Ellsworth, 1942-1946
  • Trent Campbell Root, 1945-1959
  • Haskell Grant Taylor, acting 1948-1966
  • George Gail Heather, 1950-1968
  • Reginald Rushing, interim, 1968-1970
  • Jack Donald Steele, 1970-1975
  • Carl H. Stem, 1975-1998
  • Roy D. Howell, interim 1998, then becomes the permanent Dean from 1999-2001
  • R. Stephen Sears, interim 2001-2002
  • Allen T. McInnes, 2002-2012
  • Lance Nail, 2012–present


After many years of planning under longtime Dean Carl Herbert Stem, Allen T. McInnes became Dean of the Rawls College of Business in September 2001. McInnes, the former president and CEO of TETRA Technologies, earned a bachelor's degree, MBA, and doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree at Harvard University.[22]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Total Enrollment by College - Fall 2013". Texas Tech Institutional Research. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Texas Tech University". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Rawls College of Business Administration: Welcome".  
  4. ^ Cranford, Leslie (2009-03-23). "Rawls College of Business Programs Nationally Ranked". Texas Tech Today. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ Texas Tech, Health Organization Management website
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Business School Rankings and Profiles: Undergraduate".  
  10. ^ "Best Undergraduate Business Programs".  
  11. ^ "Best Business Schools".  
  12. ^ "The Top Undergraduate Business Programs".  
  13. ^ a b
  14. ^ Regents decide on location for business college - News
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  19. ^ "Judges - District Judge Sam R. Cummings".  
  20. ^ "About Charles Perry, candidate State Representative Dist. 83".  
  21. ^ "Kliff Kingsbury Bio".  
  22. ^ "Dean of Rawls College of Business". Texas Tech University. Archived from the original on 2008-05-25. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 

External links

  • Rawls College of Business website
    • Area of Accounting
    • Area of Finance
    • Area of Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences (ISQS)
    • Area of Marketing
    • Health Organization Management Program

Research centers

  • Center for Advanced Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • Center for Energy Commerce
  • Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business
  • Center for Healthcare Leadership and Strategy
  • Communication Skills Center
  • Institute for Leadership Research
  • Texas Center for Innovative Organizations

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