Mission and History

We educate tomorrow’s leaders through active integration of teaching, research and engagement. By creating an innovative intellectual environment, we focus on creating management skills for a technology-rich, global marketplace.

Our History and Values

Formed from NC State’s 125-year history of being at the forefront of innovation, the College of Management at NC State was established in 1992. Our vision was to provide a broad integrated curriculum in business management with a focus on technology.

In 2002, the college launched its MBA program.

The strength and relevancy of the college’s programs led to two naming gifts, with the Jenkins Graduate School of Management being named in 2007, and the college as a whole being named the Lonnie C. Poole, Jr. College of Management in December 2010.

Named in honor of Benjamin (Ben) P. Jenkins III, vice chairman and president of the General Bank at Wachovia Corporation, the Jenkins Graduate School is comprised of the Master of Accounting (MAC) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs, the Master of Global Innovation Management (MGIM) program — including the Global Luxury Management (GLM) option — as well as the Graduate Economic Program.

As leaders in management education, we value excellence in teaching and the impact of our research in an environment of diverse cultures, ideas and insights. We also seek to develop our students’ ethical awareness and help foster their success while contributing to local and global economic development.

An AACSB-accredited organization, the Poole College of Management is led by Annette L. Ranft, Dean and Stephen P. Zelnak, Jr. Chair.

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